How to Achieve Work Life Balance & Enjoy a Self-Fulfilled Life

You can achieve work life balance and enjoy a self-fulfilled life.

  • Have your friends forgotten what you look like?
  • Are your eyes turning slightly square from too much screen time?
  • Does it feel like your workload has no end in sight no matter how hard you work?
  • Is your health suffering as a consequence of poor diet and an even poorer exercise regime?

Well, if you’ve answered, ‘Yes’ to any and/or all of these questions, you may well have what is known as a work-life imbalance. We look at some suggestions to enjoying what some may call the holy grail of modern existence – a work-life balance

Defining work life balance

We define work life balance as the balance between a person’s work and private life in terms of life’s four quadrants: work, family, friends and self. Anthropologists have been known to go so far as to even define happiness as having as little separation as possible between your work and your play.

 

‘Always-on’ city culture has made it possible to always be available – whether it be your partner or boss being able to contact you, significantly altering our work-life relationship, bringing with it further family and work demands.
Stress-related medical conditions (physiological and psychological) are often the result of negative spill over from work into one’s private life.

 

Research also shows a recent greater increase in work-related neuroskeletal disorders (bad office/desk ergonomics) with persistent stress being known to cause: cardiovascular diseasereproductive health issues, a compromised immune system, re-occurring headaches and muscle/back ache, decreased coping skills, irritation, poor self-image, fatigue, and concentration problems.

We look at some suggestions to enjoying what some may call the holy grail of modern existence - a work life balance

Stress-related medical conditions (physiological and psychological) are often the result of negative spill over from work into one’s private life.

How to work life balance in your working environment

How to Achieve Work Life Balance & Enjoy a Self-Fulfilled Life

Project manage your personal life as well as your work by incorporating downtime into your busy day (even if it is only 15 minutes), and stick to it – it is important to make it compulsory, or you will easily skip it.

 

Try rising earlier in the morning and lessen time-wasting activities (too much social media interaction of little value, for example).

 

Outsource the admin and errands you don’t like and employ trade-exchanges (skill trading) with others.

 

Leave the office earlier one night a week, schedule ‘me time’ into each day, either by take a relaxing bath, going for a spa/massage treatment, reading a non-work-related book, going for a stroll – preferably in your city’s green belt, or listen to music you enjoy.

 

One should never underestimate the value of doing something solely for yourself – put yourself first. If you aren’t in tip-top shape to perform at your best, your work, family and friends will suffer.

 

Release the feeling of fear in that if you are not working all the time, your business or employment will be at risk.

 

Incorporate your work into your lifestyle as smoothly as possible, seeing as you spend so much time at work. Do work that you like or even love to do.

 

Exercise daily (or at least 30min, 3 times a week), schedule a weekly date or social night, reserve time for family fun, and an annual holiday – this will also motivate you to get your work done by being rewarded by those activities.

 

Employ boundaries by setting strict work hours, and adhering to it. Never set precedents with clients or your boss by being available any day, at all times – voicemail and SMS will suffice if it is urgent.

 

Learn a new skill, preferably one that takes you away from your PC and pay upfront for the course, for example, so you commit to it.

 

Get physical – all too often people regret not following a regular exercise/gym/yoga regime when their bodies start aching, along with other uncomfortable ailments.

 

Soul food – snack on healthy tit bits throughout the day to keep your energy up for optimal performance.

One should never underestimate the value of doing something solely for yourself – put yourself first.

If you aren’t in tip-top shape to perform at your best, your work, family and friends will suffer.

Do work that you like or even love to do

Exercise daily

Never set precedents with clients or your boss by being available any day, at all times

Get physical

How to a work life balance in your lifestyle

work life balance

How often are order, rhythm and harmony underutilised in our lives? Think of these aspects as forming the paving stones on the road to fulfilment and happiness.

  • What is advised on the diet front is a preferably organic diet, low in: salt, sugar, processed food and animal products; high on: fresh, nutrient-rich vegetables, clean water (carbon filtered/spring), superfoods (hemp seed powder, Maca powder and coconut oil, and so on).
  • Make time for sufficient relaxation, focus on positive thinking and feeling and use visualisation/meditation techniques to regain a calm centre.
  • Take up a fun hobby that makes you happy.
  • Avoid alcohol and fast food which leave you feel worse for wear. Don’t drink too much coffee – rather opt for green/herbal tea, and keep sun exposure to a minimum – you do require some, for vitamin D, however.
  • Schedule yearly medical check-ups, employ self-examination for breasts, testicular and skin cancers, and vaccinate against hepatitis B to avoid liver cancer as well as HPV (human papilloma virus) which reduces the risk of cervical cancer in women. Be sure to wash your hands regularly.
  • Adhere to food-safe routines: store food at the right temperatures, re heat cooked food thoroughly, and cook it well if it is meat.

It is always a good idea to plan your day instead of ‘diving’ straight into it – set the goals you wish to achieve and by when, journal your innermost thoughts and ideas, nurture your natural talents, and read enriching materials.

  • Spending time in nature resets one’s all too important bio-electrical charge which, all too often, is disrupted by electro-magnetic fields in city living.
  • Making time for charity work will lift your spirits – do things for others without reward.
  • Co-operate with others and truly listen when people talk to you – you would expect the same from them.

Be open about your needs and communicate what is important to you – it is crucial to express your feelings, whether others agree with you or not, as bottling your emotions does no good. Look into recruiting an ‘accountability buddy’ to hold you accountable to your plans in making your dreams a reality.

The benefits of having a work life balance

How to Achieve Work Life Balance & Enjoy a Self-Fulfilled Life

The underutilisation of one’s time is often one of the root causes of dissatisfaction in life, preventing one from achieving a work life balance.

Prioritisation in this area is key – deal with what is most important first. The right work life balance for you today will also highly likely be different for you tomorrow – there is not usually a single ‘winning’ formula in this regard.

Focus on daily achievement and enjoyment and the ideal work life balance will surely follow. A beneficial habit is to continually ask yourself ‘Why?’ exactly you are doing what you are doing – whether it be to improve your income stream, purchase something you desire, or create stability for your family or future. It is refreshing to note that successful people are not always happy.

Your work ideally needs to have purpose and value, if not, appreciate the simple joy of being alive. Love yourself enough to acknowledge work well done, and do the same for others – your sense of fulfilment will be infectious, attracting others to you who wish to feel the same way.

Be aware of the story you tell yourself daily – the one that creates your reality: do you know you part in the world and does it have meaning and purpose, for example? Being in the present moment (by not dwelling too much on the past) and engaging fully with one’s immediate tasks and surroundings often helps one with realising what is really important in life, community and relationships.

Your work ideally needs to have purpose and value

Love yourself enough to acknowledge work well done and do the same for others