Work-life balance means having time for both work and personal matters without interfering with one another. This was somewhat easier to maintain when office work was the norm. However, the past two years’ events have led many to work from home and adapt quickly to the changes.
Maintaining a healthy work-life balance at home has been difficult because the line separating the two has now meshed into one space. It’s harder as a woman, especially if you are the primary earner or a budding entrepreneur. The duties and responsibilities don’t stop when you clock out. It also doesn’t help to hear work chat notifications after hours.
So, how can you bring back that work-life balance as a girl boss? Here are some tips for you.
How To Cultivate Work-Life Balance
During this remote work setup, it’s easy to lose attention and forget your responsibilities outside of work or vice versa. Therefore, it’s essential to set up a few rules to stay on top of your work without compromising your personal time.
Utilize tracking tools
These tools can be installed in your gadgets and track your time doing tasks for work or your personal life. In addition, these tools can track meeting frequency and duration, as well as track your prospects and leads.
You can also use meditation apps to time your relaxation break or exercise apps to track your weekly workouts. Working harder isn’t always the answer; sometimes, it’s working smarter.
Clean your work area
A great tip for staying focused on your work is to make sure that your workspace is clean and free of clutter. It is said that visual distractions from clutter can reduce focus and memory during work, so instead of putting it down, make sure to put it away.
Prepare for your day
If you can, try to prepare all the things you might need for work the night before. Set up your laptop, write down your errands, and ready your clothes and food for the following day. This may seem like they’re unimportant because it’s easy to do the morning of a workday, but it puts things in order and sight the next day.
Manage your time
Time management is an integral part of life. It can significantly affect the way you perceive a task because it can directly affect the outcome. Keeping track of your time is a great way to make sure that you’re able to put an ample amount of time into specific tasks without risking the result.
Set up alarms
It’s easy to get lost within a task. Setting up alarms is a great way to keep track of time. If you want to finish your workday on time, make sure to complete your tasks on time. Apart from that, you can also use your alarms to allot time for you to relax, take a walk, or rest your eyes.
It’s said that to avoid eye strain, you should look away from your screen every 20 minutes for about 20 seconds.
Make a to-do list
To-do lists help you stay focused at work. It keeps work-related tasks in one list, and with every job done, scratch it off the list. Then, write it down from the highest priority to the least, so you don’t forget to finish the ones that need your attention the most.
Create a schedule and stick to it
A schedule makes it less likely for you to go over the allotted time for the task. You can also set aside your weekends to prepare your meals so you won’t have to take so much time cooking in between workdays.
This is especially helpful if you’re living alone or with kids because you cut your cooking time by reheating pre-packaged meals throughout the day. This keeps your schedule loose, affording for a few changes throughout the day.
Set your boundaries
Even though you’re a girl boss working hard to meet deadlines, don’t go as far as compromising your personal time for that impromptu meeting. Setting boundaries at work and home will give you enough time for both without having one creep into the other.
Unplug and relax
Work can be overwhelming, so don’t be afraid to take some time off to unwind and relax. Get away from the notifications of chats and emails, and indulge in some me-time.
Take the time to put some self-love and self-care back into your routine by working out at least three times a week, eating balanced meals (you can’t neglect your health), or by weekly pamper nights to get glowing skin. The most important thing is to nourish your mind, body, and heart, so you can be ready to take on another stressful workday ahead.
Make sure to really clock out when you do
Don’t look at your emails and other work-related messages after you clock out. Clocking out means you’re done with the work, and you’ve finished all your tasks for the day. Don’t allow your work to seep into your personal time. Feeling overworked and doing more jobs than you can handle may affect your performance and mental health.
Keep your weekends to yourself.
Staying at home the whole day for the entire week can mess up work and personal life boundaries. Working so much can feel like not doing anything on the weekends is a crime. One journal associates working on the weekends with bad mental health. One hour of weekend work has one and half times more negative effects than weekday overtime for white-collar workers.
Reclaim Your Time
As the sayings go, “leave work at work” and “don’t bring work to the dining table.” Draw a fine line between your work and personal life, even if you’re doing it in one place. Coping and adapting are some of the great talents of human beings.
The world’s workforce has done so well in adapting to the sudden changes it’s been thrown into the past two years, but not without bumps along the way. So don’t be afraid to unwind and relax. You deserve it!
Penelope is a content marketing professional for Garnier, a cruelty-free skincare brand that aims to help women express their natural beauty. She is passionate about sustainability. In her free time, she loves to travel, listen to music, spend time with her friends, and discover new skills.