Work/life balance: how to make it an actual thing

We’re always hearing about ‘work-life balance’, but how many of us actually stop to actively factor this into our lives? Very few, we reckon. With that in mind we’ve come up with a few tips that might help you create a little equilibrium.

Balance looks different for everyone

Move past the one-size-fits-all approach – we’re not complimentary hotel slippers. We’re people, and we all work differently. Don’t judge yourself by other people’s standards, and spend some time working out what ‘balance’ looks like for you.

Temporarily stop caring

Repeat after me: “I’ll turn off my work emails when I’m at home”. Unless you’re a midwife, you’re not saving lives. No-one is going to die if you don’t reply until the next morning. Turn off your notifications and just enjoy living your best life *finger snaps*.

Note: if you are a midwife, please totally disregard this – it’s very important you do leave your phone on.

Be where you are

Nope, not a ancient Chinese proverb, just common sense – if you ignore the above advice and do think about work when you’re at home, you may as well be at the office. Before leaving, ask yourself if you’ve done everything that needs to be done. Is there anything else that needs your attention? It’s better to be fully committed to something rather than trying to multitask. Plus, a distracted you is probably no fun for the humans around you. No offence.

Make time, don’t ‘find’ time

Time isn’t wandering the desert, lost and hoping to be found by some strapping blond hero in a grubby singlet. If you want to do something (at work/at home/in the world) make it a priority. When things are a priority, you make time for it. If you don’t, it’s not a priority. Harsh? Yes. Honest? Also yes. Like Yoda.

Coffee.

Because coffee.

Don’t be boring, get a hobby

Binging Netflix doesn’t count. Find something that you love to do and go and do it. Keep bees. Knit. Paintball. Whatever it is, make sure it’s fulfilling in some way – your whole life can’t be work, and if early 2000’s rom-coms taught us anything, it’s that no-one likes a workaholic. Get a hobby.

Be kind

To yourself and others. We’re all just trying to do this ‘life’ thing, and most of us are also trying to manage the ‘work’ thing too. You’re human, and there’s a limit to how much you can do in both spaces – you’ll be a much better and happier person if you choose not to be a dick about it.