Work-life balance is
the division of one’s time and focus between working and family or leisure activities.
In order to achieve work-life balance, this division of your time and focus needs to be balanced.
Having a good work-life balance means that when you’re at work, you have the right energy and mental capacity to fully focus on the tasks at hand.
Likewise, once you’re off of work, it means you have enough energy and brain power left to enjoy quality time with friends and family or to pursue leisure activities.
If work does not negatively influence our private life and vice versa, you’ve achieved a good work-life balance.
Work-life balance is important because it leads to a higher quality of life.
If you manage to maintain a healthy work-life balance you will feel much more fulfilled and content, and overall enjoy a greater sense of wellbeing.
A good work-life balance can also positively influence your physical and mental health and will help you to prevent stress and can lower the risk of burnout and depression.
If you’re feeling that one part of your life is too demanding and feel like you can’t fully be yourself because you’re often too stressed or tired, it can be a first sign that you’re not having a healthy work-life balance.
Your private life negatively influences your work day: this could be for example if you often worry about private matters during work hours or if you can’t get enough sleep and relaxation during your leisure time thus making you feel frequently tired and exhausted at work.
Your work day negatively influences your private life: this could be for example when you’re overworked or bring work-related stress and pressure into your private life, preventing you from fully enjoying quality time with friends and family or leaving you without energy for any leisure activities.
Pause and ask yourself if you’re happy with the way you’re living. Which parts of your life are making you feel stressed or leave you unfulfilled? Where would you love to spend more time and energy on and how could you achieve that? What makes you happy and where are your priorities at this stage of life?
Frequently asking yourself those questions gives you the opportunity to constantly reassess your current situation and make changes that help you to improve your work-life balance and consequently your quality of life.
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