It’s getting harder and harder these days to leave work at work. A lot of people take work home with them. They remain mobile so they can never focus their full attention on the family. However, a good balance between work and family is essential for a happy life. But how do you find the right balance in these modern times? We give you 10 handy tips to find the right balance.
1. Turn off your devices
The pressure on employees is enormous these days. A lot is expected of them and this makes it tempting to continue working after working hours. However, working too much and too hard is bad for one’s health. Everyone needs time to relax.
That’s why it’s important to turn off your work mobile or laptop device when you get home. Leave work at work and take time for your family, your hobbies and relaxation.
2. Ask for flexible working hours
Flexible working hours can be very useful when you want to combine work and family. You can plan your working hours around your family. When your children are at school for example, you can work and when they come back, you have all the time in the world for them.
Just ask your boss about this. After all: no is something you have right now, yes is an answer you can get!
3. Consider a career switch
If your current job does not allow you to arrange your working hours flexibly, a career switch is worth considering.
Changing career paths can open up a whole new world for you. Not only can it give you more time with your family, but it can also give you new insights into what you find really fun and interesting to do.
4. Work from a distance
Working remotely can be a good way to spend more time with your family. You’ll be around when something is going on, but you can also spend time on your work at the same time.
However, not every job lends itself to working from home. But if the sector in which you work is suitable for this, it can’t hurt to discuss this with your boss.
5. Relax before you go home
Arriving home when you are stressed and unhappy is not good for your family. So before you come home, go to the gym, take a walk or go to the bookstore and buy a book you wanted to read.
It is important that your head is open for family time and not still busy with work. This will improve the quality time with your family.
6. Make Friday a special evening
For many employees, Friday is a day they look forward to. The end of the working week and the beginning of the weekend. So make your Friday something extra special. Celebrate the weekend.
For example, plan a movie night with the family or go out to dinner, whatever you like to do.
7. Talk about things other than work
If your life is all about your work and it is difficult for you to talk about anything else, it is important that you broaden your horizons of conversation. Find out if you have other interests besides your work and talk about them a bit more in the future. Ask people around you not only about their work, but also, for example, about their family life. Look for things you have in common, besides work.
8. Keep stress at bay
Stress has a negative effect on both body and mind. That is why it is important to counteract it as much as possible. Keep doing positive things so that the time with your family does not suffer.
Things you can do to get rid of stress include yoga and meditation. But also reading a book or listening to relaxing music can help.
9. Pressure is not necessarily good
They’re like synonyms these days. When you’re busy, it’s okay. You show others that you can handle a huge amount of work and are successful.
But no matter how good you are at your work, rest is essential. Without rest you become overburdened. This will also reduce your productivity.
10. And finally…enjoy!
Make sure fun is an important part of your life. Instead of just working, it is important to always keep looking for fun, and seek out new opportunities to have more fun next to work.
Do fun things with your family and make sure you have enough time to relax. This will keep you motivated to complete even the most difficult projects at work, with pleasure.