Often something is unattainable because we make it unattainable. Work-life balance only happens when you make your life a priority and when you can honestly assess your mental, physical, spiritual, and work health habits.
I highly recommend using a journal. This year I’ve started using a bullet journal for flexibility and am loving it.
Don’t be intimated by all the crazy artsy bullet journals you might see. Make yours simple, and make sure it works for you.
12 Reasons for an Imbalance in Work and Life
#1 – You work all the time
Work is good and healthy. However, when it becomes the thing that consumes your life you may be nearing burn out.
Make sure your current work hours are sustainable. If not, then have a cut off time where you commit to slowing down and taking a breath. Whether that means taking a vacation, lowering hours, or investing in a hobby.
#2 – You aren’t regularly sleeping
Sleep is critical to your overall health and without the proper sleep, you won’t be as sharp at work, home, or with your friends.
Have you ever fallen asleep while working? That’s a strong indicator you need to re-evaluate your work-life balance.
On the flip side, why not schedule power naps into your weekly rhythm?
#3 – You aren’t exercising
Study after study shows that exercise is critical for long-term physical and mental health. If you are working so much that you aren’t exercising at all, then sit down and honestly evaluate your time. Make your physical health a priority.
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#4 – You never have fun
Make sure you taking time every day if possible to do something that’s fun.
#5 – You never invest in personal relationships
Have you looked back at a week, month, or year and realized you’ve worked to the detriment of your personal relationships?
At different points in your life, you may have to put a hold on different circles of your friendship, but always make sure you are nurturing your inner circle. Those are the people who support you no matter what, provide you with honest advice, and stability in your life.
#6 – You are aimless
Make sure you have a goal hierarchy. Know your top-level values and priorities and how major aspects of your life like work, school, relationships connect.
Not having any structure will hurt your productivity at work as well as your balance at home.
#7 – You never finish projects
There is a variety of reasons why people don’t finish projects. Sometimes these reasons are great and should be applauded. Sometimes you just come to a point where you have to cut ties and call it a loss.
However, lots of our reasons aren’t great:
#8 – You never stop thinking about work
Have you ever found yourself at home thinking about work? What about sitting at dinner with friends and 15 minutes pass and you’re in the work la la land?
Give yourself permission to leave work at work. In Deep Work, Cal Newport shares that when he’s done with work for the day he has a routine he repeats that helps his brain know he’s leaving work.
#9 – You’re always stressed
Whenever we don’t foster healthy habits, our body will respond with increased stress. It knows we’re out of whack. In the talk above, David Allen discusses how you can experience stress-free productivity.
Stress will affect all of your life including your work. Here are a few tips to help you keep stress in check:
- Practice breathing techniques
- Exercise regularly
- Sleep more
- Keep your stressors in perspective
- Practice saying no
- Avoid unhealthy coping mechanisms (i.e., drinking, smoking, eating, etc)
- Take a walk
- Write down what you’re grateful for
- Talk with someone in your inner circle
#10 – You never say no to your job
I won’t say a lot about this here because we have written about this topic in-depth. However, once you’ve set clear goals give yourself the freedom to say no to things that aren’t high-value.
Sometimes that means saying no to something that’s good but comes up at the wrong time. Sometimes that just means saying no without explanation. Take a minute and read “The Power of Saying No.”
#11 – You have no hobbies
The world is a terrible, beautiful, and exciting place. There is so many things to do around us. You can’t do everything, but you can experiment with different hobbies to stretch yourself, find something you truly enjoy, and increase your creativity.
Here are some benefits of having a hobby:
- Reduces stress
- Connects you with other people
- Fosters creativity
- Exposes you different points of view
- Provides resistance to grow
- Helps you continually learn
#12 – Checking emails late into the night
Checking emails throughout the day is a sure sign you aren’t fostering healthy habits. Doing so prevents you from focusing on the most important parts of your work. Doing so late at night when you should be focusing on other aspects of your life prevents you from having any kind of balance in your life.