Work-Life Balance – Find Your Equilibrium

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Are you feeling stressed and burnt out? Are there never enough hours in the day? Are you not getting enough ‘me time’? These could all be down to an imbalance in your work-life equilibrium. We are in the middle of the working week; it is a perfect opportunity to stop and reflect on your life personally and professionally. Having a good work-life balance not only improves physical and mental health, but it can also improve productivity, creativity and performance. It’s important to remember each individual’s experience will differ from your own.

 

Learn to Prioritise

It is important to prioritise and set strong boundaries. Over the years I have learnt to add any key family dates in the diary as soon as I know about them and plan my working schedule around them. It has been a challenge at times to juggle my work and parental responsibilities, especially when I first became a mum. But my daughter is my priority. Prioritising and setting strong boundaries are especially crucial when you have the added challenge of navigating work and lone parenting.

It is essential to take a little time for yourself daily to refresh and re-energise you. Walking my dogs and other regular exercise allows me to process my thoughts more clearly and make better decisions as well as the obvious benefits to my physical health. I have recently started to exercise with a personal trainer, as since reaching 50 I’ve realised I need to be kinder to myself and train in a more mindful way. I also love to read and (sometimes) binge-watch a series. If I’m not feeling my best, I tend to have an early night and use some of the tools and techniques that we are developing in RUBY. These help me to organise my thoughts, put things into perspective and be more appreciative.

 

Blurred Lines

Covid-19 has made the work-life balance even more complicated. It’s understandable that professionals may find it hard to disconnect from their work as there is no clear distinction between personal space and workspace. Where people could separate work from home via the office front door, now it’s sat at the dining room table. I had been working from home pre-Covid, so in that respect things hadn’t really changed much for me.

However, navigating through the pandemic with a teenage daughter whilst working at home has its own set of challenges. Recently she had to self-isolate, due to someone who had tested positive in her class. This meant two weeks off school, two weeks of lessons being streamed, and two weeks of plans being juggled around. This pandemic has taught me that life circumstances change day by day—sometimes hour by hour, I have learned to keep calm and expect the unexpected.

 

Joint Responsibility

Every person needs to take responsibility for their own work-life balance, but it should also be a high priority for leaders. An organisation that promotes a culture and environment where work-life balance is valued, will be able to maintain a healthier, more productive workforce.

In all my roles, I have always embraced flexible working within my teams and an environment that prioritises work-life balance. I believe giving people the autonomy to manage their own time, space and energy, promotes good mental, physical and emotional health and encourages people to be more creative and innovative.

We are in the 21st Century and working in unprecedented times. Digital technology dominates nearly every aspect of our work; organisations need to continually adapt and embrace a culture that is flexible, fulfilling and supports people to gain financial freedom. These are all factors that are covered in the RUBY model, to find out more about RUBY and how it can support your organisation please get in contact here.