How To Achieve a Good Work Life Balance

by Cameron Murison

“No one on his deathbed ever said, ‘I wish I had spent more time at the office.” - Paul Tsongas    

This statement is as true as it was back in the 1980’s as it is today. People all over the world go to work for different reasons every day. Boredom, progression, responsibility, feeling like they’re of value to someone, money, necessity, fulfilment. The list goes on, but we can be sure that if we’re alive, we’ll find ourselves in some form of work. Be it working at an office adding data to spreadsheets, toiling underneath the hot sun laying bricks, or making guests feel welcome at your restaurant, we all have our role to play.   

But when you come home after the long hours have ticked by, what is it that you do? Ask yourself, are you living the life you want outside of your working hours? Are you hitting your goals? Often, we can finish work, come home, and still feel like we’re somewhat on autopilot. Sitting down to watch the TV, making dinner, washing and cleaning, and then going to bed, ready to do it all again in the morning. With all this life admin to do, it makes sense that it’s difficult to maintain a healthy work-life balance.  

In this article, we’ll explore several things you can do to build a framework that will let you smash your personal goals.  

1. Build better habits

First up we have habits. Habits are things that we can create or destroy. They are deeply ingrained processes that we have incorporated into our lives for better or for worse. Habits are often things that we do without realizing. Brushing our teeth or taking a shower are good examples. We don’t think about them when we do them, we just do them.   

An important thing to remember about habits is that they’re not all created equal, some are better than others. We’ll list some of the best habits and their benefits. But before we do, remember that this is a general list. All the habits will help you, but there is no doubt some things you value over others so take it with a pinch of salt.  

2. Reading 

Reading books is our first habit. Everyone knows the benefits of reading and yet we never find time to do it. Reading can keep us mentally youthful, less stressed, show us new worlds, and many more. That’s why reading is such a brilliant habit to cultivate. You can learn new things, explore stories in your own way, and do something meaningful and gratifying with your time.

3. Meditating 

Next up is meditation. Meditating for an extended period can have amazing health benefits. It’s one of those activities that, when you know why it’s so good for you, you wonder why you don’t do it every single day. We’ll link to some of the benefits here, but safe to say, meditation is something that will fulfil you, make you mindful, and help you progress in the direction you want to go. 

4. Exercise

It’s no exaggeration when scientific and medical publications list exercise as a ‘miracle cure’. Exercise boosts your mood, gives you more energy, controls your weight, helps you sleep better, and many more benefits that could have a whole book written about them. Exercise can also work wonders for your mental health, with many side effects of exercising decreasing symptoms of depression and anxiety. 

5. Manage your time better 

Outside of work, your time is the one thing that you have total control over. You can do anything you want. However, when given ultimate freedom and control over what we can do in our free time, we don’t often use it wisely. A good idea would be to make a schedule. Make one and fill it with the things you want to do. Plan for the best day you could have. If that involves going for a run, put it in the schedule, if it involves seeing your mates for a night out, schedule, watching TV, schedule. You get the idea. It’s important to stick to it as well. This will help you do all those things you’ve been wanting to do for months, or maybe even years. Stick to it and you’ll go far. 

And finally, follow the 1% Rule 

1% better every day. That’s what you’re aiming for. Don’t work yourself into big things that you know you won’t do, and then end up feeling bad. Let’s say you want to go for a run when you get back from work. You used to run 5k every other day and want to get back into that routine, so you tell yourself you’ll do 5k tonight. You’ve now run 1k, feel like your lungs will explode, and are walking back home in shame. This is the wrong mentality and a self-sabotaging one at that. All you feel now is disappointment in yourself for not being able to do what you used to do, or for not being able to do what others can do. 

This is where you need to remind yourself that life is not about being better than anyone else, it’s about being better than who you were yesterday. 

Instead of setting yourself up for failure and setting huge goals that might seem tiny to you, instead set up tiny goals. Little steppingstones that will help you crush your bigger goals in the future. If you want to run 5k, for day one just put on your running shoes and step outside, that’s 1% better than yesterday. This rule can be applied to almost anything. 1% might not seem like a lot, but over time you’ll have quickly become the best version of yourself, and all with tiny steps in the right direction. 

Those are some of our tips on how to live a good work-life balance. What do you think about our list? Have you got any tips that you think we might’ve missed? Message us on Instagram or Facebook and let us know some of your tips.