The balance between work and family commitments is a particularly challenging hard act to follow. Too often there is a conflict of roles. On the one hand you have work demands you need to fulfill, and you have commitments outside of work demanding your attention.
This topic has been well researched and there are ‘best practices’ built into companies’ policies and procedures. Research conducted in Canada showed that work/life balance is the most important retention factor among 16-34 year olds, especially for women. Over 90% of men interviewed by Men’s Health claimed that a balanced life is a greater symbol of success, even if it meant lower pay.
In a nutshell, life balance includes time for family, friends, exercise and other personal pursuits. Keeping a balance in both work and personal time results in increased energy, a deepening of your character and a wider perspective of life. People who can master this balance tend to live more satisfying live and find better and smarter ways of getting their work done.
Balance Mastery is the dynamic centring of our life to build resilience and to enhance effectiveness and fulfilment. In other words, it is not a static, rigid process but rather an ongoing flexibility that allows us to move with ease and agility in any direction we choose.
It is not about the separation and control of different aspects of our lives, but in the management of the entire process and integrating different aspects of our lives. Mastery of Balance is about finding ways to connect with our center so we can deal with all the dynamics outside. As we unfold more inner balance, we can do more with ease.
This center lies in our sense of purpose and meaning. When these become clear, then we are able to face the challenges of our remaining life dimensions. Conversely, when our lives are centred on family, work or any of the other dimensions, we begin to experience the consequences of spiritual dis-ease which research has shown results in physical illness.
In an ideal work environment, companies should adopt the philosophy that all its employees are unique individuals with physical, sexual, emotional, intellectual, social, creative and spiritual rights and needs. A balanced employee is in a position to see that work is but one of a number of important aspects of living. Relationships, family, spirituality and a healthy lifestyle are considered primary and are not jeopardised by work.
TOP 10 TIPS ON HOW TO ACHIEVE WORK/LIFE BALANCE
- Learn to delegate. Don’t try and be all things to all people
- Learn to prioritize your ‘To Do List.’ Distinguish between what is urgent, important, urgent but not important, neither urgent or important.
- Have set work hours and stick to them. This will take discipline and focus. Remember, you only have one life to live, so live it.
- Are you a morning’s person or and evening’s person? Either way do what needs to be accomplished when you are at your peak performance.
- Make your workspace work for you. Keep your desk tidy and have comfortable seating to avoid fatigue.
- Make your exercise routine a regular part of your lifestyle. If you keep a healthy body and mind you will cope with any stressors that come your way.
- Make time for something you love doing and give it the time you deserve. Nourish your creative life. It will stand you in good stead.
- Manage your mind. When fear or self-doubt creep in, take time to just notice you thoughts and tap into your breath rather than getting carried away by your ‘monkey mind.’
- Employ a life coach who can help you become the best version of yourself and who can encourage you to maintain balance
- Take a holiday. I mean it. You will live longer and broaden your view of the world. It will leave you feeling refreshed and nourished.
Life is short, my friend, and in a blink of an eye it’s all over. Make the most of your life and be grateful every moment of every day.