Work-life balance in the business world has become a meaningful way to achieve higher satisfaction with our work and personal lives. But when we hear about flexible hours, co-working situations, and idiosyncratic weekly schedules that don’t apply to our needs, what does work-life balance mean for us? It’s important to take a moment for self-review and consider what you value in your personal and professional lives, and then contextualize that for the modern workplace culture.
Work-life balance is about changing the structure of your life in a way that makes us more productive at home and at work. You need to focus on your own needs and life demands to understand where you can change for improvement.
For many people, the idea of balance is a straightforward division of time between the workplace and home. If daycare and work start at the same time, something has to give. Arranging a late arrival to work coupled with a later dismissal might make sense.
For other people, the concept of balance is more fluid. Checking in on work emails at home and taking time during the workday for personal matters are a different preference for balance.
The two paths reflect different needs that acknowledge not only time schedules, but working methods that enhance performance rather than demand it based on time periods.
Take time at the beginning of the week to review your schedule. At first, the task will feel like another demand on your time. Once you get into the habit, though, the time spent planning will go down considerably.
Don’t think of your work schedule and your home schedule as two different things. Keep one calendar for work and home – not two separate ones – so that you can see at a glance where your time is spent.
HR & Training Dept