Work-life balance: how to get it right

How does work-life balance work? The idea is not to divide your time 50/50, but rather to find a balance between the way you feel in both contexts. It is important that you don't end up feeling overwhelmed or unfulfilled in both areas of your life. Recruitment is an industry with a lot of flexibility, but that flexibility comes with a lot of dedication. You need to be present and ready every day in order to juggle these two aspects of your life. If you're unable to manage both, this will be apparent in your work. When you are unfulfilled, it shows in the work you do with clients and candidates. When your candidate is already under a lot of stress during their job search, it can be discouraging to hear your indifference over the phone.

If you are a high achiever who wants to accomplish great things at work but also in your private life and manages your mental health accordingly, take a look at these tips:

Pay attention

The days might melt into each other and you might not even realise that you are losing productivity and focus while feeling unsatisfied or burned out. Observe your daily routine and identify what you can change to improve your work-life balance. Having SMART goals will help you balance work and life: Specific (what are your professional and personal goals)?, measurable (how can you measure your success), achievable (unless you are a perfectionist), relevant (do your goals align with your values)?, and time-bound (set up realistic deadlines when you can).

Use your breaks

We have all been there. It's getting close to lunchtime, and there is so much to do. You eat lunch at your desk and continue to work without even realising the taste of your meal. Change that by going out for a quick walk if at all possible. When working from home, eat lunch in a different room or go with co-workers in a different location if you are working from the office. It's so easy to overlook these small habits, but these small habits affect your mood as well as your work. Studies suggest that a lot of people are not mindful while eating, which is why they feel hungry right after lunch.

Work Smart

They say if a meeting can be done over email, then it should. Working smart means prioritising your tasks properly. It may be easier to start the day with the difficult tasks and end it with the easier ones. Put deadlines first and use productivity apps and calendars that provide reminders and notes. Specialists advise you to plan out what you want to accomplish each day. They can be both work-related and things you want to do after work. Don't overachieve because the disappointment of not finishing everything might be much greater than the satisfaction of checking everything off. Discover your working style and develop it further.

After finishing your day, switch off

Identify one thing you want to accomplish after work that isn't related to your professional responsibilities. Cooking a meal, walking your dog, or simply reading can all be considered productive activities. In order to achieve a work-life balance, there is enough time in the day. Otherwise, there wouldn't be such a thing as work-life balance. The things that keep successful people together are their hobbies and external interests. Hobbies provide a nice way to unwind after work. Switching off sometimes means putting your phone down. After a long day of meetings and phone calls, you might want to have a quiet hour when no one is bothering you after work. You may want to stop checking social media after work if you use it every day. 

Conclusion

There are endless options on how to spend our time and how to improve our work so you must take advantage of any resource you can find out there. Working smart and engaging in hobbies are important components of a healthy work-life balance.