You must have been told a million times that life is good until your college days; it gets worse after that. Perhaps this is when you began dreading working a job, worrying that the good days would be over and all you would have to do would be work, work, and work.
And if by chance your fears came true, I would say like those folks who fed you the mentioned narrative, you have been doing it all wrong.
Let me clear the air and tell you the happy truths about work-life balance that you’ll be glad to know.
1. You will find time for yourself– if you make it a priority!
Probably the most recurrent complaint you have heard from working professionals is that you don’t find the time when you begin working.
Although yes, you won’t be back home at 3 pm like you did before. But, if you are time-efficient you will find the time. All you need is do is, become a pro at time management and mark your time as a priority.
Some of the ways in which you can manage time are:
- Plan ahead, prepare a schedule and manage it.
- Be productive and time-efficient. (Focus on increasing your speed to finish tasks)
- Don’t leave things for the last moment.
- Make use of technology that can simplify your work.
- Less distraction equals faster work.
2. You can pursue your hobbies.
Perhaps the worst part of working a job is that we often leave behind things we liked.
And why? Lack of time.
That’s not true. I agree we have limited leisure time, but when we have it, what do we do except napping all day, socializing, or doing nothing but scrolling our phones?
Yes, it’s alright to socialize but we can certainly take out some time for our hobbies when we have nothing much to do.
3. You don’t lose touch with your loved ones.
Often it is said that work-life drifts people away from you.
Yeah, things aren’t like before. You cannot hang out with your friends at cafes in the daytime anymore because of work. But you don’t lose people this way; you lose them because none of you tried hard to stay in touch.
Your days might be occupied, but the evenings usually for most 9-5er’s aren’t. Go for dinners with them. If that isn’t possible text them during breaks and leisure time.
As I emphasize, you are never too busy for the people you love.
4. You’ll be on your own but so what.
I cannot deny this because it’s true that when you are working you are on your own.
But so what? You are still in the box seat.
What I mean to say is that being on your own comes with its own advantages.
- There are no restrictions and chains there were before.
- You can spend your money on things you like without worrying about being chided.
- You can go out anywhere anytime you want without permission.
- You are the only one who can control your life, no one else.
And so many more advantages!
5. There is time for fitness
One (valid) reason for gaining inches on the waistline is that work doesn’t allow time for fitness.
You still can achieve your fitness goals if you make time, prioritize it – if it is important to you
Try going to sleep at an earlier time and try to wake up earlier for 20-30 mins for you to be active in some way. You can even head to the gym or a late-night run after work.
As per some research, I’ve found that your metabolism actually slows down every half hour. Hence to combat that, you can walk from one end of the office to the other after every 25 minutes. It will just take 5 minutes. Besides that, you can go for little walks in your break time instead of scrolling social media.
I hope you won’t be in a frenzy anymore if you haven’t started working. And if you are a working professional, I hope you now know that personal life and work can both go hand in hand.
How do you balance work and life? Let us know in the comment section.