The changing landscape of work culture has led to unclear boundaries between work and home with work invading our personal space and time. Balance can be tricky to achieve.
Balance (noun) – even distribution of weight enabling something or someone to remain upright and steady.
Work-life balance is a key part of the self-care routine and many entrepreneurs forget about this vital aspect while juggling many hats. To be able to produce the desired results and enjoy the chosen path, we should focus our efforts on creating time for high-impact activities in our schedule. But at the same time don’t strive for a perfect work-life balance, strive for a realistic one where on some days you are focusing more on your work while on other days the focus is on yourself and your family.
Picture 1: Work will pull us down but with mindful activities we can strive to achieve work-life balance
Three effective tools to achieve work-life balance:
1. Plan: Planning is a useful tool to use your time effectively and creatively. Planning your day in advance or at least in the morning will help you achieve more out of your day. Write down not only your appointments but also those all-important appointments with yourself like reading, working out, meditation will make you far more productive with your time.
2. Time Management: Do you know the Pareto Principle that 80% of the results come from the 20% of the causes (in our case activities) that occupy our day. We should follow the same principle while time blocking our calendar. Most meaningful activities (enriching our souls, body, and mind; deepening our relations; connecting with nature) should never be sacrificed for the least meaningful activities (gossiping, chit-chatting, and watching series). High-impact activities will help you design the life you deserve and influence the quality of your life.
Time management is a holistic tool that can make all areas of your life balanced and fulfilling. Time management (balanced use of time) when learned and applied correctly will lead to improved levels of productivity and happiness.
Picture 2: Representation of Pareto Principle. Focus on those 20% of causes
3. Learn to say No: Be ruthless with your time and say no to people and activities that are least impactful. Learn to say no to little things that will give you the power to say yes to big things in life.
A great tool to get started with the habit of saying no is the Eisenhower Matrix. It can be helpful to recognise that saying “no” to things that are less of a priority frees up time and energy to say “yes” to things that are of importance.
Picture 3: Fill your 20% of the time with important and urgent tasks
Work-life balance is a cycle and not an achievement. With these three tools, you can begin to find ways to make work feel less consuming and focus on the other parts of your life – even when times are challenging.