Can A Career Coach Help Me Maintain A Work-Life Balance?
We recommend reaching out to a Career Coach for the best outcome - an experienced professional who's able to provide guidance related to the particular scenario you're facing!
There was a time when a clear boundary existed between working hours and personal hours. Office time was meant for working, with personal time at home or ‘out and about’ for family, rest and time to fulfil your passions. With time, work has invaded the personal lives of people. It's fair to say that it isn't easy to maintain a work-life balance in the modern day and age.
Nowadays, technology (and the significant advancements, accessibility and understanding of technology due to the coronavirus pandemic) allows interconnection to an extent that has never been seen before. This has served to make the idea of working from home the norm, rather than the exception. Hence, the boundaries between professional and personal lives are more blurred than ever - work bleeds an individual's time at home. A sudden transition to work from home for maintaining social distancing has aggravated the situation and disturbed the whole idea of a balanced life. People now work more hours to earn more or to secure their jobs.
Government law states ‘you can’t work more than 48 hours a week on average’ unless you opt out. It’s thought that much of the working population are beyond this limit without specifically choosing to do so, or getting paid for such overtime.
This does not mean that maintaining a work-life balance is impossible. You can and should try to consider a healthy balance over the potential monetary gains from working considerably more hours. This may sound challenging seeing as we live in a time where the desire to achieve working success has surpassed almost everything else. People are ignorant to the idea that living a balanced life is essential not only for physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing but also for career success.
What is a Work-Life Balance?
A work-life balance is a condition where an individual equally prioritises work and personal life. A balanced life leads to a better sense of wellbeing, reduces mental stress and physical sickness. Working for long hours and having more responsibilities to take care of at home (rather than relaxing in some form or other) leads to disturbing this balance.
To really optimise a work-life balance we recommend speaking to a career coach, however, discussed below are some guidelines you can follow to maintain a healthy boundary between professional and personal time:
Focus on Your Strengths
If you don't know about a particular task, don't waste your time accomplishing it. Instead, look for the services of a professional who can deliver exceptional results; at a decent budget, and in a shorter time period. For example, you are a writer, and you have written a book. To design its cover page, you need the services of a graphic designer. If you try to do it yourself, you are unlikely to attain perfectionism and even getting the design to a level of mediocrity will cost you dear time and stress.
Manage Your Time
If you have 20 tasks to complete within a week. You need to make a list and prioritise each task according to its importance and requirement. You can divide the tasks you need to complete into the following categories;
Urgent and important
Important but not urgent
Urgent but not important
Neither urgent nor important
Complete the important time-taking tasks first to release the burden of these from your mind and feel more content as the day passes. Start with the difficult task(s) when your mind is fresh and leave easier or more simple tasks for later in the day.
It’s also vitally important to be realistic. Assign yourself the tasks that you can do by the end of the day. Don't over-task yourself. Consider yourself a human, not a machine, and divide your time and tasks into allocated parts. If you fail to sort out things at any instance, don't hesitate to ask a professional for help. If you’re unable to accomplish your working endeavours by the end of your contractual work hours, don't feel the necessity to carry on. Enjoy yourself and leave the work to come back to for the next day, though make sure you do get back to it! It’s all about planning here, and don't forget to take into account your external commitments when planning your day, week, month or year - whatever is your preference.
Continuously working without having a break can hold back your mental ability and capacity, prohibiting you from doing the best job possible. While doing your work, if you feel stuck at some point, don't waste time sitting in front of the computer expecting the answer to come to you. Take a break; have a coffee, tea, call an old friend, or go for a walk at some point throughout the day. These are only some among many actions you can take to split your day up. After exploring a non-work related activity, when you get back to your desk you will feel re-energised and able to take on whatever challenge you’re facing with a clear head. This all serves to manage your mind.
Speak to a Career Coach or Life Coach
Get yourself a coach to help you rid of bad habits and adopt good ones. We host both life coaches and career coaches who are able to take a holistic view at the difficulties you are facing with regard to your work-life balance among many other aspects. The coaches we promote can work online and often engage in meaningful conversations with potential clients like yourself at very short notice. There should not be a stigma surrounding the reaching out to, and subsequent discussion that takes place with a qualified expert in the related field.
Exercise & Meditate - Speak to a Health & Wellness Coach
Even in the busiest of routines, we take time out for what we deem to be essential actions in life (e.g. eating, sleeping, bathing etc.). We should consider exercise and meditation in the same notion. Exercising is of upmost importance in relation to maintaining a work-life balance. It's crucial for overall wellbeing and happiness let alone the health benefits. Taking part in exercise is specifically important for those who sit in front of a computer for the entirety of the day. To get help with your fitness, diet or whatever aspect you want to improve upon in this light, you may wish to reach out to one of our Health & Wellness experts. Alternatively, you may want to speak to one of our specialists in Meditation who sit under the Mindset coaching category. Expanding one’s horizons through the power of meditation is an ever-increasing and popular area. Find out the all-encompassing benefits today!
These are some points that one should consider exploring to create a healthy work-life balance. Make life easier on yourself and you’ll be able to deliver better results and create more genuine connections with the people around you.