Finding Your Own Best Work-Life Balance

by Apr 22, 2021

As the end of the work week draws near, today we’re continuing our theme of the week, Balance, by exploring even more approaches to establishing and maintaining the right work-life balance for you. Just as each person has their own unique set of professional strengths, an approach to achieving equilibrium that works for your colleagues may not be the best plan for you. And that’s okay! That’s also why we’re happy to offer up a variety of thoughts on how to tackle the important task of finding a sense of balance, allowing you to be your best self at work while also enabling you to truly enjoy your free time without feeling stressed out about work. Check out what the pros below have to say about establishing your unique work-life balance!

 

Marisa Sanfilippo at Business News Daily offers up a phenomenal suggestion to help keep you going in your quest for your individual best work-life balance: “Accept that there is no ‘perfect’ work-life balance. When you hear ‘work-life balance,’ you probably imagine having an extremely productive day at work, and leaving early to spend the other half of the day with friends and family. While this may seem ideal, it is not always possible.  Don’t strive for the perfect schedule; strive for a realistic one. Some days, you might focus more on work, while other days you might have more time and energy to pursue your hobbies or spend time with your loved ones. Balance is achieved over time, not each day.” Remember that practice makes perfect! Practicing positivity and gratitude along the way will also help you make the most of the opportunities to be found in any challenges you encounter at work; this will let you feel less stress in the moment, which will then allow you to more easily de-stress completely after work. While “perfect” may make a good goal to strive towards, keep in mind that it’s an ideal rather than a realistic reality. Nobody’s perfect! Accepting that will also enable you to establish a realistic work-life balance that’s best for you rather than striving for perfection.

 

We also love these scientifically backed suggestions from the Mayo Clinic staff that you can utilize when considering the “life” portion of your work-life balance equation: “Caring for yourself. A healthy lifestyle is essential to coping with stress and to achieving work-life balance. Eat well, include physical activity in your daily routine and get enough sleep. In addition, aim to: Relax. Regularly set aside time for activities that you enjoy, such as practicing yoga, gardening or reading. Hobbies can help you relax, take your mind off of work and recharge. Better yet, discover activities you can do with your partner, family or friends — such as hiking, dancing or taking cooking classes.” In addition to eating well, we’d like to add one of our favorite reminders: stay hydrated! Make sure you’re keeping yourself fueled with water in addition to intaking those healthy calories. If you’re looking for ways to unwind, amidst the changes our current unprecedented circumstances have brought is an increase in online activities. For example, you can now take cooking classes from the comfort of your very own kitchen and dance classes in your bedroom! These increased opportunities for relaxing also cut down on stressful commutes. Make sure that along the way, you’re including your friends, family, and coworkers in your fun activities whenever possible for the added bonus of strengthening your sense of community in the workplace and beyond.

 

Remember that there is no “perfect” work-life balance–only the work-life balance that’s right for you! And even over time, what constitutes your “best” work-life balance may change. Go into establishing and maintaining your personal work-life balance with an open and flexible mind. Getting into the right mindset will help you along the way as you practice establishing equilibrium. Know that it might take time to find your unique work-life balance. And that’s okay! Practice self-care as you take steps on your journey towards your personal balance, and take a holistic approach to doing so by considering the ways both your mind and body factor into the equation. And make sure you’re taking time out to have fun along the way! Join us again tomorrow as we finish out the week with our Feel Good Friday: Balance edition.

 

Image retrieved from Pixabay under the public domain.

 

This posting is brought to you by Contemporaries Inc., one of the best temp agencies in Boston MA. Also available for payrolling employees in Boston and Greater Boston

Recent Posts

Communication Can Be the Key to A Successful Career

Communication Can Be the Key to A Successful Career

Author: Contemporaries Team Have you ever noticed how well successful people are able to convey their visions, missions, and ideas? Most times, they do it flawlessly, whether it is in an intimate business meeting or a televised discussion in front of a crowd of...

Professional Accountability: A Personal Choice and Consequences

Professional Accountability: A Personal Choice and Consequences

Author: Contemporaries Team Numerous of articles have been written lately stating how a large majority of young candidates do not show up for job interviews, or even make it to the first day of work. This is not a trend which has been seen in past years, particularly...

No I in Team is True in Workplace

No I in Team is True in Workplace

Author: Contemporaries Team As the late great Contemporaries, Inc. co-worker Cullen Buckland used to say, "There is no I in Team." The beauty of Cullen was that he practiced what he preached, always offering to help and pitching in whenever someone else in the office...

Starting the New Year on a Positive Note Can Make A Big Difference

Starting the New Year on a Positive Note Can Make A Big Difference

Author: Contemporaries Team Annually, individuals hoping to improve their lives, often set themselves up for failure by jotting down a laundry list of new expectations through their New Year’s Resolutions. Even if they achieve some of their objectives, by not tackling...

The Joys of Having a Pet

The Joys of Having a Pet

Author: Alyssa Rebolledo When COVID-19 hit in 2020, people all around the United States felt scared, confused, and isolated. Individuals had to stay indoors all the time, missing out on many experiences such as making new friends, celebrating milestones, and other...

The Best Benefits of Working

The Best Benefits of Working

Author: Alyssa Rebolledo Nowadays, pursuing a career can be tiresome, anxiety-inducing, and stressful. You may lose focus of the brighter side which comes from all the benefits of landing a job.  They include financial freedom, a new purpose in your life, and...

Business Manners in the Workplace

Business Manners in the Workplace

Author: Alyssa Rebolledo Business Etiquette is a practical and fundamental skill everyone should use while working on a job. Exercising this practice will help advance your career and boost your likability amongst colleagues and employers alike. The best path to...

Using a College Graduate’s Habits Key to Virtual Work Success

Using a College Graduate’s Habits Key to Virtual Work Success

Author: Alyssa Rebolledo Imagine, you have just been hired for your first remote job and your team leader has given you a mountain of work which you’re not sure you will ever be able to complete. The tasks seem daunting and although you feel you’ve been at it all day,...

Flexibility is the Key to Workplace Greatness

Flexibility is the Key to Workplace Greatness

Author: Alyssa Rebolledo If you are trying to advance your career, being flexible is the key to success. This concept certainly applies when you are working in a new contract position. During this time, you’ll wear many hats and juggle ever-changing conditions that...

Tips to Use Your Time Wisely to Successfully Land a Job

Tips to Use Your Time Wisely to Successfully Land a Job

Author: Alyssa Rebolledo Job hunting has become so much easier since the days when you had to look at a newspaper daily to see who was hiring. Now, there are staffing firms like Contemporaries, Inc., and websites such as LinkedIn, Indeed, and GlassDoor to help you...

Gen Z’s Top Five Job Hunting Essentials

Gen Z’s Top Five Job Hunting Essentials

Author: Alyssa Rebolledo Gen Z is the newest and largest group of job hunters that are currently in the market. They are recent graduates, hungry for new opportunities, and want to change the typical nine to five job blueprint. Here are the Top Five Requirements of...

The Power of Positivity in the Workplace

The Power of Positivity in the Workplace

Whether you are a recent college graduate or a seasoned pro who has been in the workforce for years, why not try incorporating the power of positivity into your daily routine? It won’t take much effort on your part, but will set a better tone for the day. While you...

Giving Back is Key to a Better Perspective and Feeling Good

Giving Back is Key to a Better Perspective and Feeling Good

Working hard may be a great way to get ahead, but giving back and helping others can also be very rewarding and a means to feeling good. Most times, being nice and thinking of others costs very little or nothing at all. However, the gift of giving back may make an...

Rethinking Motivators May be the Key to Hiring Top Notch Job Seekers

Rethinking Motivators May be the Key to Hiring Top Notch Job Seekers

Motivation for job seekers today is very different from the incentives that drove them in the past. Or, at least the order of what seems to be most important to them now compared to years ago. Renowned American psychologist Abraham Maslow, back in 1943, put to paper...