A Work/Life Balance Is Hard To Achieve, But First We Must Define It

Posted February 19, 2020 by in Career
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When we think of a healthy work/life balance it’s easy to separate the time between both responsibilities in terms of strict hour count. While this is a good measurement and often a valuable place to start, it’s not the be-all and end-all of this consideration. In fact, it might be that pursuing a more nuanced viewpoint as far as this is concerned is important.

Additionally, it’s important to tailor the definition of a work/life balance for your own needs. Someone with a family of four children may have a different definition of what a work/life balance is compared to a single, young bachelor. When structuring our life and planning our daily efforts, it can be worth considering how to perfect this.

However, as we have just implied, before we can make any forward progress going forward we must understand just how to define what a work/life balance is in the first place, because it’s a definition that can shift over time.

Let’s explore this together:

how to achieve work/life balance

Working Lifestyles

It can be helpful to assess just what kind of working lifestyle you wish to achieve. The 9-to-5 pursuit is the most common and understood, but it’s hardly the only type of working routine you can fall into. Freelance writers online, for instance, will likely work less hours yet churn out high-quality content that requires research and continual revision before submission. Time is saved via remote working from home, and for the most part this lifestyle can grant someone the ability to forge their own hours.

Alternatively, working as a chef in a restaurant may be considered a more intensive job. This is because they may be expected to work over the weekends (as this is the busiest period) as well as working late nights and then the following early morning. This working lifestyle IS a lifestyle, because the dedication to the craft and learning an art form is considered both recreation, working effort and life ambition. This means that everything binds into one and gives you the chance to better curate your skillset.

Alternatively, it may be that you decide to find a lifestyle through your job. Those working on cruise ships, for instance, may find themselves jet setting all across the world, visiting a range of locations on a shift pattern basis, but technically always ‘at sea’ and within their environment of employment. Of course, while working on a cruise ship comes with its challenges and is in no way an easy ride, we can see just how these surroundings may not be so objectionable.

It’s worth considering just what work/life balance you hope to achieve, and how this may impact on your overall pursuits going forward. Odds are, a careful analysis of what lifestyle you wish to lead can help you balance your career ambitions more steadily.

Measures That Make Life Easier

It can be worthwhile to structure our life in a manner that absolves us of drudgery. This dead time can often be used in the best way, as evidenced by this article on The Tech Upgrades That’ll Make Your Day to Day Life Easier. Through using smart appliances, or allowing audiobooks to teach you something during your commute, immediately you can widen the parameters through which ‘free time’ and ‘work time’ are balanced and utilized.

It could be as simple as carpooling with other employees to help you get to work more cheaply and on a regular timeframe. It may be taking responsibility for your own morning routine and waking up an hour early to plan for the day and reply to all of your daily correspondence. We’re not in a position to tell you how you should switch up your schedule or to what end you may find this productive, but it’s true that when curating these efforts you can make life much, much easier for yourself, provided you give yourself the time to. In this way, you’ll approximate the best solution with care.

On Productive Free Time

There are two distinctions that can be made of free time. One may be the kind of free time we use for a further purpose, such as studying a new language or perhaps reading around our working subject. Even reading the latest fiction novel could be seen as part of productivity, because it’s a goal that helps you stay sharp between the ears, and can expose you to new modes of thinking, as well as learning more about the world we live in.

Maximizing our productive free time is important, but it’s also important to consider this in the scope of potential work. For instance, heading to a language or martial arts class after a thirteen-hour shift may either reduce or harm your time to recover and balance yourself. This means that when you attribute free time in a productive sense, understanding how intensive and taxing it is, or how valuable it is for your overall output can be very important. This can help you squeeze not only the best from your free time, but it may also help you sustainably manage it alongside everything else you have to do during the scope of a day, which we are sure is busy in itself.

Learning To Play

Learning to play and enjoy yourself should be seen as a solemn duty for most people. This is because many of us are good at snapping in and out of the workmanship ideals, but then when time comes for us to relax and do anything of little consequence, we have a hard time doing so.

We would recommend that you sincerely learn how to enjoy yourself, because if you can’t do this then what are you working for to begin with, outside of your baseline survival needs? Play may involve reading, or writing, or watching television you adore, but it’s always better when it’s active and involved. Joining a local amateur dramatics society, for instance, could be a great idea.

With this advice, we hope you can follow a thorough work/life balance. It may be hard to achieve, but you get to define it.