The Importance of Work-Life Balance

With exam season right around the corner, some of you may find that sitting in your room with a pile of books and your door shut feels like the only available option. You’re a stranger to sunlight, fresh air, and sleep- and looks of mock surprise appear on your family’s faces whenever you exit the solitude of your room! While being focused on one task and having a clear goal is incredibly important, the idea of work-life balance tends to fly out the window during these times. However, achieving a work-life balance and maintaining it while also getting everything done is something that everyone can benefit from. To put it simply, work-life balance successfully achieves daily tasks (whether it be school, work, or family duties) while also making time for things important to you and living a healthy lifestyle. Work-life balance can often seem unattainable with a huge list of things to do, but it simply comes down to how you can manage your time and prioritize. This article will go through some key points about the importance of life balance and discuss some ways to start you off on your journey to work-life balance!

Achieving work-life balance occurs through a process similar to developing a habit. In other words, repetition is key. The more you repeat certain activities and continue to manage your time, the more likely you’ll continue working towards life balance. Additionally, work-life balance is something that can be honed and continuously developed as you continue in life. In other words, you’ll go through many stages in life- for example, being a student, part-time worker, parent, etc. Achieving work-life balance early in life will give you the skills and knowledge necessary to continue doing so. Doing the same for many scenarios and tasks in life ensures that you’re constantly applying your knowledge. This is key to successfully learning something, so let’s discuss some ways to work on your work-life balance!

1. Removing distractions from your workspace

This is the key to saving time and allowing yourself more time to do other important things. If you haven’t noticed already, achieving work-life balance relies quite heavily on your ability to manage time, which means that procrastination can get in the way. Whether it’s a device, a tennis ball, or a framed photo, removing distractions from your workspace is one of the most effective ways to save time. This ensures that you’ll be more focused on the task at hand, and you’ll likely complete it significantly faster without any time spent on unnecessary activities in between. This, in turn, will allow you more downtime- which you can put towards other activities!

2. Prioritizing activities

Being able to prioritize activities from a large list is also a key skill to apply to help you achieve work-life balance. A great way to approach this is by writing a list (almost like a to-do list, but not quite!) of all the things you plan on doing. Next is to write numbers or letters or even colour-code the tasks based on importance. The exact method you choose to apply here doesn’t have to be exact- whatever helps you focus best is key. Now, you’ve got your list of tasks, coded according to their importance. For some of you, writing a list out might not be necessary- but prioritizing tasks can be overwhelming for some people given many things to do, and the method mentioned is an excellent way to begin.

3. Reflecting upon things that are important to YOU

This one is crucial. When working towards a work-life balance, one of the key parts is thinking about what you’d like to spend time on! The reflection process is quite open-ended, and it varies greatly from person to person. Some may like to write it out, others may prefer to verbally process it, while some prefer to keep the information in their heads. Either way, it’s essential to know what you enjoy doing and what you want to spend time on. Now, you can think about how much time you’d typically dedicate to each activity and plan your days accordingly. For example, some people may find that getting thirty minutes of physical activity per day is something they’d like to incorporate into their daily schedule. In this case, they can then choose how much time they want to spend on other activities and when they’d like to exercise, thus creating a rough plan on how they want their days to go.

Conclusion

Work-life balance is something that can easily be worked on, which will give you lifelong skills. These skills will help you manage your stress, commit to things that are important to you, and allow you to successfully complete your tasks while doing so. After all, everyone wants to do things that they enjoy! So why not start now?