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Hotwire PR Consultant, Kefentse Molopo, chats to Kabelo Binns about improving one's work-life balance.
Work-life balance is defined as the lack of opposition between work and other life roles. It is the state of balance in which the demands of professional life and personal life are equal. Often, in today’s fast paced business world, the ability to achieve a work-life balance is becoming more challenging. Employers expect more from us and we also put additional pressure on ourselves to achieve greater results.
After a very challenging period, both personally and professionally at the end of 2019, I made a conscious choice to find ways of creating a more balanced work life. I learnt that creating a harmonious work-life balance is critical, not only for my physical, emotional and mental well-being, but also important for my career.
Like most of us, I did a bit of research and below are a few tips that I have adopted, and they have proven to be helpful. I hope that you find them useful too:
Prioritise your health – physical, emotional and mental health are important. This can be improved by simple daily meditation or exercise;
Set boundaries and defined working hours – setting boundaries is important to avoid burnout. When you leave the office, avoid thinking about work projects or responding to company emails. It is important to establish when you will work and when you will stop working;
Spend a good amount of time with your loved ones – families are there to offer love and support. They help us find healthier ways to cope with challenges; and
Unplug – it is okay to cut ties with the outside world from time to time. This means giving oneself space for your own thoughts and ideas to emerge. Unplugging can mean something as simple as reading your favourite book and taking a drive to your favourite hangout spot.
Thank you for taking the time to read this. I hope that it has inspired you to also create a safe and conducive work-life balance and environment.
Please feel free to share more tips that have been helpful to you with me in the comments!