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Three Tips for Finding a Good Work-Life Balance

February 23, 2015

In our super-connected world, it can be hard to maintain a healthy work-life balance. Michelle K. of ResumeEdge recently shared three things you can do to help find that balance on En Route: A Career Blog.


 

Photo credit: Cheon Fong Llew, flickr

Photo credit: Cheon Fong Llew, flickr

Work-Life Balance

One of the great accolades that business technology receives is the increased flexibility it gives today’s workers. It is with near certainty that you or someone you know works from their mobile device or telecommutes. Technology has created a world where savvy businesses allow workers to effectively decide when and how they will complete their work.

The freedom of not being shackled to the 9-5 schedule sounds great, however if we’re not careful, this benefit can quickly become a burden. By blurring traditional ‘work’ and ‘life’ hours, we’ve set up the potential for a perfect storm in today’s competitive world. We see examples of this every day: in line at the store and the patron in front of you appears to be closing a multi-million dollar deal, oblivious to the cashier’s request for payment or their child begging for a pack of gum; the person who jumps up from their table to take an apparent business call in a quieter location; or even the manic driver wildly responding to email at every stoplight (or worse, going 80 down the freeway).

Sure, this may be the norm, however in order to maintain our sanity and lessen the likelihood of burnout, each of us must try to create some separation and create a healthily work-life balance. Whether you’re just discovering the freedom that technology in the workplace can bring, or you’re the spitting image of the above examples, there are things you can do to keep sane.

  • Email Vacation. When you’re on vacation, you should really be on vacation – put that email away. If it’s on your phone, disable service until you’re done. We all need times to unwind and disconnect from the stresses around us.
  • Set Boundaries. Yes, there are always exceptions to the rule, however if you vow to stop checking your email after 7 p.m., you should rarely break that vow. This will look different for everyone, however no one should be ‘on-call’ 24/7 every day of the year.
  • Communicate Your Plan. Let your coworkers and clients know your schedule. All too often I’ve listened to people complain about late night calls or disrupted dinner, only to discover that while there was indeed a plan, nobody else knew of it. Again, every organization and position will have varied requirements and by no means should you shirk your understood responsibilities; however you should be able to create some ‘you’ time.So embrace the new age and all the benefits that technology has bestowed upon us…just remember that flexible schedules should not mean we are now chained or ‘wired’, if you will, to our virtual desks.

So embrace the new age and all the benefits that technology has bestowed upon us…just remember that flexible schedules should not mean we are now chained or ‘wired’, if you will, to our virtual desks.

Michelle K.

Recruitment, Editor, and Content Manager

ResumeEdge

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