If you’re like most working people, you’ve got deadlines, projects, long hours, or just plain pressure at your job. It’s so easy to go through the motions of work, eat, sleep, repeat, that sometimes we can throw our work/life balance completely off kilter. Maintaining a balance is more important than you think, whether you’re single, married, have children, or maybe just a few fur-babies.
As a whole, everyone knows it’s good to take some time away from your job, but it’s much easier said than done. We are a number-driven result oriented world. We want everything right now and we want it to be perfect. This puts a tremendous amount of pressure on us personally, and in so doing, on the people around us. If you’re an employer, boss, or supervisor, think about how you’re speaking to the people working under you. Is the pressure too great? Consider changing your approach. Think about each person and what they might be dealing with in their personal lives. We’re doing better, “Twenty-three percent of companies surveyed in the 2017 Deloitte Global Human Capital Trends feel that they are excellent in helping employees balance personal and professional life/work demands. That’s a 21 percent change from 2016, when 19 percent of companies surveyed felt like they were doing an excellent job.”
If you’re on the other side, an employee working under a demanding supervisor or boss, think about your approach. Do you respond with a “yes” to every single demand? That’s ok, it’s good to do what you’re asked, but you need to set some parameters or you’ll work yourself (and your relationships) into the ground. Try saying “Yes, I can get that done by…” or, “I can do that first thing tomorrow, I need to leave by 5:00 today to meet someone.” This still gives a positive response but sets some boundaries.
Leave work at work. This is crucial to the success of your relationships. Maybe you’ve had a stressful day and need to blow off some steam. Try exercise, a brisk walk, or some quiet meditation. Try not to take those stresses home with you or out on that date you’ve got planned. Let your spouse or partner ask about your day, and if you can keep it brief and/or on the positive side, go ahead and talk. Be sure to ask the other person about their day as well.
Everything in life is a balancing act, and most of the time as humans, we can get off center if we don’t concentrate. Plan a special date with your significant other, take someone new out to dinner and a show. Live life to the fullest and find out what is best for you to keep that good work/life balance.