As reported by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the Netherlands ranks first with a rating of 9.3 out of 10 for countries that offered their workers the best work-life balance. Several factors, including average work hours and personal time, were considered. Sadly, the United States did not rate as well. This indicates how maintaining a work-life balance is difficult for an average American.
According to research, people who work long hours are at a 33% greater risk of having a heart attack and are 13% more susceptible to cardiovascular diseases. Luckily, a better work-life balance is achievable in simple but pragmatic steps.
Maintaining a sound mind at work can sometimes feel like a job itself. If you want to achieve work and personal goals, a good habit to get into is writing down a plan every day. Keeping a small journal that outlines your plan for the day can keep you in check and allow for a healthier balance of life and work.
If you find that you regularly waste time on low-value activities, you most likely find yourself working long hours, too. If you’ve identified this as a problem, use a recorder to capture every minute of your time for a few days. Then, review what you captured and cut out non-value adding activities. Spending time on social media platforms or making personal calls are examples of no-value activities at work. Also, activities that are out of your job description should be delegated or passed to the appropriate person since maximizing every minute is paramount to work-life balance.
Isolation increases the risk of dying by 50 percent. That is why an active social life is essential for work-life balance and for healthy living in general. You can plan a picnic with your closest friends once a month. Organize your work around the picnic to force a time out to disconnect and have fun. View it as a meeting with an important client that you cannot miss. Remember, the goal is to balance your work and life.
You cannot escape stress as an entrepreneur. However, you should attempt to avoid chronic stress that can affect your health. Try to develop the habit of momentary withdrawal from stressful situations to calm down and clear your head. Managing your stress wisely will bring about a better work-life balance.
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