More Life and the Right Amount of Work
In today’s world it seems we are always working and even though many of us still subscribe to the 9-5, M to F routine, our working lives often find their way into our home life.
So, how did this happen? Who changed the work rules so that work climbs into the car and follows us home?
Well, the reality is two fold.
The first piece of the puzzle is found in the downsizing of corporate America around the 2008 time frame, those of us left with jobs were asked to take on new roles. Many folks have been asked to wear multiple hats and work longer hours, often at the same pay. Those put in these positions stepped up to the plate and answered the call since they were (and still are) happy to have a job. Even now, some years later, with the economy thriving, companies are still requiring workers to multitask and take on more work on an often basis.
The second piece of the working more than ever puzzle is that we are constantly connected. Our cell phones and tablets keep us leashed to our work. An email here, a text there, a quick phone call from the boss and we are working while away from the office.
So, what’s the big deal? A few late nights at the office or sitting on the sofa at home with computer at hand all seem innocent enough. Replying to that text or email from a client or a co-worker while juggling home life can’t hurt anyone? Actually, several studies have shown that working too much overtime can be detrimental to not only our mental and physical well being but can have negative effects on our family life. Ignoring the kids, dogs, spouse, or other home aspects leads to resentment, frustration and often times, bad behavior. As for our health, ignoring leisure time as well as home life can lead to burnout, depression, and stress.
How to Balance the Whole Scene
In the name of work/life balance, how do we find that happy medium? Where is the place where work is complete and satisfying and we are able to give and receive what we need and want at home or outside of work?
Like many things in life, it comes down to organization, planning and discipline. Make the time (not find the time) and set up boundaries such as:
*work is to be done at work; the boss, co workers, clients all should understand you have a life outside of work and the priorities rests with your family; when you are the boss, take that time for yourself and you will be more productive when you do work.
*disconnect from the connections; when at home put the cell phone down, put the computer to sleep and concentrate on your home life, even just if it’s an hour or two. Set the schedule to allow time for leisure activities (such as that much needed exercise), time for the family, or even time to do those pesky chores.
How to Make Time for More Life
Is it easy to obtain a healthy life/work balance? Most days, the answer is “yeah right! More life and less work is not happenin’.” But making the effort and finding some time for “life” outside of work will pay off in the long run. It’s a matter of making the commitment to limit work to time on the clock and setting the schedule. The hard part is sticking with it and it most likely it can’t be done solo.
To really make this more life happen, incorporate the help of others. From co-workers to family, explain the rules: Work is work and life is the rest. And ask those in your life to live by those parameters. Will there be 100% compliance? Not hardly, but get as close as you can and strive to improve on having more life and a balanced work existence.
Get out there and live a little life and let work take care of itself.
Until next time, Gobe Healthy.
Sarah at gon4run.com