Some people call it a work-life balance. Others call it the work-life juggle. We here at EZ Office Products often refer to it as the work-life blur, with the goal of eliminating the distinctions between these two aspects of our lives and instead focus on doing what makes us feel fulfilled and happy as a whole. This may involve bringing your home life to work as much as you bring your work life home.
Ultimately, we have to take control of our lives in order to achieve the balance that makes us happiest.
Regardless of the terminology you want to use – whether you want to find balance, get a handle on the juggle, or blur the line between the two – a change in behavior may be in order. And a real commitment is required – a commitment to do what’s best for you, your family, your business and your employees. Here are six things you can do that will help you realize the benefits of a healthy work-life balance.Read More >>
- Delegate whenever possible. It’s natural for a business owner or manager to feel the need to do everything. This may help in some areas of your business, but others will suffer or be neglected altogether – inside and outside of the office. Delegation is the key to a healthy work-life balance
- Establish boundaries between work and home. As empty as we may feel without a smartphone in the palm of our hand, we do need to be able to ignore these devices every once in a while. If you really want to achieve balance, you can’t tip the scales in favor of work all the time. Make time for you and your family, and put it on your schedule!
- If work requires a long day, take breaks and limit those days to urgent projects. If you don’t take care of yourself, work suffers and your family suffers. Long days are inevitable, but you still need to eat – lunch AND dinner. You need breaks to recharge your mind and stretch your legs. And if a task doesn’t need to be done for tomorrow, it can wait until tomorrow.
- Take advantage of flexible working arrangements. A recent study by Global Workplace Analytics shows companies with flexible telecommuting policies saw boosts in productivity ranging from 10% to 55%. By taking advantage of technology and giving people control of their time, employees are better able to fit in both work and personal obligations without being forced to choose one over the other.
- Join a local business organization or networking group. This is a great way to develop close business and personal relationships. Sharing ideas with fellow business owners and professionals will revitalize and inspire both you and your business.
- Give back to your community. Nothing brings work families and home families together like supporting a good cause. Instead of just making a donation, get involved with the activities of a local non-profit organization. The sense of fulfillment and belonging will make your business stronger, and it will make each employee a better person.