The big work-life balance question

The traditional 9-to-5 workdays are slowly but surely disappearing and making room for flexible working hours. This is a great thing! But it has its downsides and one of the most bespoken among them is work-life balance. Having the possibility to work from anywhere, at any time gives many people a lot of freedom. This comes at the cost of blurring the line between your professional and personal life. Some even dare say that those two are becoming one and the same.

This blurred line causes a lot of stress and anxiety for some as work takes control of their daily lives. The pressure from work follows them home and this can cause a range of issues from continued stress, damaging relationships or even insomnia. So is it possible to bring work home and not having it effect you in such a way? Strictly speaking, no. Work will always have an effect on you. It is possible however to create boundaries that help you maintain a healthy state of mind, even when working from home.

Implementing these 3 tips on the right will help you achieve a better work-life balance while not compromising on or the other!

1. Rituals
Creating some form of ritual that clearly separates work time and home time from each other in your mind. This can be very small things like taking a shower or changing clothes. Repeating this ritual every day will create a link between it and ending your work day. This creates a psychological barrier in your mind that will give you peace as you leave work behind.

2. Unplug

Technology is a wonderful thing and handheld devices such as tablets and smartphones offer such amazing opportunities for working remotely. But they also keep you connected to that work, even after your day is over. In most careers it is accepted to be unreachable during after-office hours, so don’t be afraid to turn your devices off and enjoy your time with the people around you.

3. Create space

When working from home it is often tempting to work in the couch or for some even in bed. Don’t. Creating a designated working area at home can help finding that balance. Work where you’re supposed to work and relax where you’re supposed to relax. This will help your mind understand when you’re in working mode and will help to make the transition to relaxation mode easier.

Article written by: Matthieu Van Der Poorten

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