There is a lot of talk about having a healthy work life balance. We all know that burn out can lead to health, relationship and work issues.
How can we find balance much less happiness at work?
Over my career, I have had many jobs and held many titles. I have left good paying jobs for less money just to keep my sanity...just to find myself in the same place emotionally but in a different job. I know from experience how hard it is to find a balance between work and home. I’d like to share some things I have learned along the way.
1. Pay attention to whom you associate with at work.
It is ok to vent but if you find yourself surrounded by negativity, do what you can to dissociate from it. Water cooler gossip can be a sure path to job dissatisfaction. Do your best to be professional. Remember you are a representative of the company you work for even to other employees. Be the employee you would like to work with. Be the boss you would want to work for.
2. Approach each day as a chance to start anew.
Take time to meditate, practice mindfulness, pray, whatever you need to do to get yourself in the proper mindset to start your day. Sometimes it is necessary to start your day over several times during the day. Take a break even if that means you remain at your desk. Use post it notes or your computer to write positive affirmations. Remind yourself to read your affirmations when confronted with difficult situations or people.
3. Be a team player...but don’t overthink it.
Get to know your company’s culture. Is it closed or open? Are opinions valued or dismissed? Unless you are the CEO or administrator in charge, accept that it is not your responsibility to run the company. Know your job description and who your supervisor is. Get to know your manager’s expectations. Make suggestions as necessary but be willing to accept the limitations of your current position. Keep an open mind and if the opportunity arises. For a promotion, go for it if that is what you want to do. Then start the process over again. Different roles require different expectations, skills and responsibilities. In some cases it may mean you need to look for a job that is a better fit.
4. Make time for a social life.
This cannot be stressed enough. It is important to nurture your relationships with family and friends.
5. Use your commute as a time to rejuvenate by listening to motivational speakers, learn a new language, or listen to relaxing music.
Visualize your commute as a time to transition from home to work and vise versa. This also a good time to use your affirmations to set the tone for the rest of your day.
Most importantly, know yourself.
Keeping a positive attitude and mindset will set the tone for finding a healthy, happy work life balance. I hope you have found these suggestions helpful.