5 Tips for Maintaining a Healthy Work-life Balance
Updated: Jun 3, 2019
I know my blogs are usually about marketing but having a healthy work life balance is something i feel really strong about. Having recently worked for a company who presented me the position as flexible with little to no overtime required (they lied!) I now feel compelled to promote this issue more than ever!
So ask yourself, do you really put your own wellbeing first? Do you have a healthy balance between your working life and your personal life? Here are my top tips I recommend you check in on from time to time to make sure you're keeping a healthy balance.
Don’t take on more than you can handle. It is okay to say no! We all want to please our employers but think about your current workload, do you really have enough time to take on extra tasks? Will you be paid for over time if you exceed your working hours? If you are in the freelance business, often people worry about having a “stable” income, so it can be easy to say yes to every opportunity that comes your way, which is why it is more important than ever that we ask ourselves the above questions and make sure we have clear working hours that we stick to.
With the 9 – 5 office job not being everyone’s normal, more and more employees are out in the field and not all of us have “work phones” and we end up linking our work emails to our personal phones. At the end of your working day switch off those emails! It can be tempting to quickly reply to an email out of office hours but before you know it you’ve spent an hour of your time doing work related tasks.
Leave work at work
It’s not uncommon to turn to those closest to us and rant about work but try to keep this to a minimum, don’t use up your personal time complaining about work or thinking about work. Imagine you receive an email on a Friday evening about a work crisis and you decide to open said email, you will either spend your out of work hours trying to fix the problem or you will send your weekend worrying about how you will manage the crisis on Monday morning, this isn’t good for your mental health, leave work at work!
Most people don’t realise this but legally you only are entitled to a 20-minute break if you work 6+ hours a day. Most employers are generous and allow staff an hour break which is taken as lunch. Whether you get 20 minutes or 60 minutes, take this time to switch off and rest.
Workers also have the right to 11 hours rest between working days, e.g. if they finish work at 8pm, they shouldn’t start work again until 7am the next day. Workers also have the right an uninterrupted 24 hours without any work each week or an uninterrupted 48 hours without any work each fortnight. Make sure you take the time you are entitled too.
Long gone are the days where we woke up, went to work and came home! Maintaining a successful career in 2018 entails so much more and it can be easy to be caught up in the turmoil of trying to succeed and make it to the top. Make sure you take a step back every now and then and nurture yourself, make time for friends and family, have that date night or take that dream holiday!
*This blog was written for my client Piccadilly Mailbox. A leading provider in office space and virtual office solutions.*