5 tips to achieve work-life balance

work life balance
Work-life balance is gaining importance every day and yet achieving it is becoming more and more difficult. Can you truly disconnect from work with smartphones? With your emails synced, clients, vendors, bosses, colleagues on WhatsApp and social media sucking up all the free time you have, how do you achieve a work-life balance?Stress has become synonymous with work life and if you aren’t happy in one area of your life, chances of you being productive in another area are less. While it is impossible to be happy all the time, here are 5 tips you can follow to have a better work-life balance:Simple to do list:

  1. Unplug: while smartphones have made the daily commute more enjoyable, sometimes it’s a good idea to simply shut off your phone. Even while you’re at home or enjoying a playdate or are out with friends, switch off your data. That way though you’re accessible, you phone won’t keep pinging with various notifications.
  2. Exercise or meditate: Self-care is as important as spending time with family and friends. Physical activity will keep you energized, fit and healthy and meditation will give you the tools to manage your stress levels. It’ll also mean a necessary break from everything that needs your attention so you can focus on you.
  3. Time management: as much as possible, limit the time you spend doing work. Try not to take work home and prioritize so you get major chunks of work out of the way. For more tips on how to save time, check this.
  4. Stop multitasking: we think productivity increases when we multitask but it only reduces since you’re not doing anything wholeheartedly. If you’re at a family dinner, stay away from your phone. Work calls can wait for half an hour.
  5. Small steps: humans don’t work well with change. There is always resistance. Start small. Stay consistent. A work-life balance is a lifestyle change and it will not be successful overnight.