When your life is in balance, it helps you achieve great health, energy and happiness. Contrary to what some might think, if you have good work-life balance, you will actually perform better at work. Here are leading health and energy expert Oliver Grey’s top tips for taking control of your life.
I often get asked ’how can I create a good work-life balance when the company culture is to start work early and finish work late? If I don’t play that long hours game, how will I get on in my company?’ I’m not denying that this can be tough to achieve, but I have seen it done – the key is to work smartly and achieve amazing results.
Only you can create balance in your life. You need to take responsibility for making changes to achieve the life that you want.
1. Score your work-life balance regularly
I suggest that you score your work-life balance every three months. To do this, give yourself a score out of 10 for how satisfied you are with the key areas of your life; health, family, friends, partner, work, home, hobbies and finance.
Health. When scoring health, give yourself an average score for how satisfied you are with your sleep, nutrition, exercise, re-energising, computer use and your mind health
Family. How satisfied are you with the relationships you have with your family and the quality time you spend with them?
Friends. How satisfied are you with the relationships you have with your friends and the quality time you spend with them?
Partner. How satisfied are you with the relationship you have with your partner and the quality time you spend with him or her. If you don’t have a partner, how satisfied are you with this situation? There may be times when being single feels perfect for you
Work. How satisfied do you feel about your job? If you don’t have one, how satisfied are you with this situation? There may be times when having time out from work is beneficial for you
Home. How satisfied do you feel with your home and the location of your home?
Hobbies. How satisfied do you feel with your hobbies? Are you spending as much time on them that you would ideally like too?
Finances. How satisfied do you feel with your overall financial situation?
These areas are dynamic and in constant change so don’t try to be perfect in all areas all the time – there will be periods where one or two areas will need to take priority. For example, if you have a baby, family is going to be a big focus for the first three-six months, sleep may suffer and time spent on hobbies may need to be reduced. Or you may have a big project to complete at work, and for two weeks you are totally consumed by it, you may have less time for friends and family.
2. More energy gives you a better quality life
Focus on improving your health and energy. Great health and energy allows you to achieve more in less time, and gives you more quality time for the important things in life – click here to receive my regular monthly health tips.
3. Making your wish list
Make a wish list of all the things you’d love to do, achieve or be in your life. Think big and be as creative as possible - think about your health, family, friends, partner, work, hobbies, home and finances. Now set three actions that can move you towards achieving some of the things on your wish list.
4. Free up time
To free up more time for the important things in your life, make a list of all the unnecessary things in your life and work that you could stop doing or delegate. My favourite things to do less of or stop include texts, emails, Facebook, Twitter and TV.
5. Switching off from work
Create a clear partition between work and non-work by having a cut off time in the evening when you always stop working. This includes not looking at your emails on your phone.
6. Working sensible hours
Make working evenings and weekends the exception rather than the rule. Avoid taking work home with you at the weekends.
7. Flexible working
If appropriate, discuss a flexible working arrangement with your boss that ensures you can still achieve the same or better results.
We only have one life, so make it a good one. A good life means being happy and satisfied, with great health, great relationships with family, friends and a partner (if you have one), a happy home, hobbies, finances and of course being happy at work.