We often hear about addiction to alcohol or gambling, but less attention is paid to work addiction. While working hard is important, too much work can be detrimental to one’s health and the relationships they have with their loved ones. This is an issue for both employees and employers, and learning to maintain a healthybalance is extremely important. Here are some ways in which you can maintain better work-life balance to lead a more fulfilling life.
Don’t Let Anything Interfere With Family Time
It is common for entrepreneurs or high profile employees to schedule events with their family, only to receive a message from work saying they are needed elsewhere. When this happens, your answer should always be “no.” Family time should always be taken seriously and anything work related can wait. What good is it to make all the money in the world if you lose the relationship with your loved ones in the process? Reject the temptation to multi-task when spending time with loved ones. Multi-tasking is ineffective and will only make you worse off both at work and at home.
Maintain An Organized Work Life
When your work life is structured and organized, you will have lower stress and perform at a higher level. People who are addicted to work are often poorly organized, particularly with regard to their time. Self-employed individuals should look to structure their lives in ways where someone else can take over when they’re not available. This will give them the time and space to take care of other responsibilities. This is also one of the many reasons sole proprietors should seek to hire employees, as doing so will provide them with greater work-life balance as everything will no longer be carried on their shoulders.
Engage In Activities That Reduce Stress
Stress management is one of the cornerstones of maintaining a healthy work-life balance. Examples of activities which can significantly reduce stress include meditation, exercising, massages and acupuncture. Engaging in these activities will bring you greater peace of mind and this will manifest itself both at work and at home.
Learn How To Say “No”
Taking on more work than you can handle is one of the fastest ways to raise your stress level. It will unbalance your work-life and can cause a number of problems both at work and at home. It is for this reason when you’re presented with more work than you can handle you should always refuse. Doing too much work at once will lead to burn out, which will negatively impact your performance. It is best to avoid taking on an additional workload beyond what you’re expected to perform especially if it interferes with your personal or family time.
Communicate Effectively At Home And At Work
A lack of communication will cause serious problems among both co-workers and family members. It is essential for you to maintain open communication lines at all times and expect the same from others. Listen to the feedback that is provided by others and take it into consideration before acting on it. Make sure everyone around you understands what you’re about and what you expect of them.