How to achieve a work life balance

How to achieve a work life balance

Figuring out how to achieve a work life balance in 2021 is essential. If 2020 taught us anything, it’s that life can be unpredictable at the best of times. Many people are favouring a lifestyle that isn’t so fast paced and are making the most of their time off. Never has a healthy work life balance been so crucial.

So how is it achieved? How do we make sure we aren’t treading water 24/7 when it comes to creating a balanced lifestyle? Read on.

Below are a few tips to help with prioritise your responsibilities.

  1. Personal drivers

It’s important to identify what drives you. Write a list of all the things that are important to you and your family in 2021. Keep the list somewhere handy so that you can refer back to it to make sure your daily actions are in line with what truly makes you happy. It may be easier to break down the list into two categories; values and drivers.

Your values will remain somewhat consistent throughout your life. When you live your life in alignment with your values, you usually feel good about yourself. Some examples of common values include:

  • Dependability.
  • Reliability.
  • Loyalty.
  • Commitment.
  • Open-mindedness.
  • Consistency.
  • Honesty.
  • Efficiency.

Your drivers are what motivate you to keep moving forward. These could be a combination of the following; 

  • Purpose: You look for meaning in life and want to contribute to the greater good.
  • Challenge: You like to leave your comfort zone and need variety.
  • Self-Development: Personal growth is important to you, you are curious and want to discover.
  • Relationships: Building connections is important to you. You want to belong and be accepted.
  • Power: You want to exert influence, have authority and drive impact.
  • Status: Title and symbols are important to you. You want to be recognized and admired.

*Extract from LINKEDIN https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/values-strengths-drivers-get-know-yourself-katharina-holch/

  1. Outsourcing

When it comes to outsourcing or delegating tasks in your life, it’s important to determine what your time is worth? Give yourself an hourly rate. Does that rate outweigh the cost of delegating the chore to someone else? This is relevant in your work and home life. For example, are you sacrificing family time on the weekend by spending half a day cleaning the house instead of paying someone to do it for you? If you run a business, would you time be better invested in business development rather than administrative duties such a book keeping?

  1. Compromise

Know your trade-off – what gaps or engagements do you have in your week that you are willing to give up? Remember you don’t have to say yes to everything. Saying no can protect your limitations and personal wellbeing. 

  1. Capacity

Be honest with yourself about your capacity. Sometimes we run ourselves into the ground and it isn’t necessarily productive. It also doesn’t produce the best version of ourselves. Hard work is important, but it’s also important to balance it with some quality time with friends and family. Recharge your battery week after week.