10 Work-Life Balance Secrets You Will Want to Know
Your workmates haven't told you about their work-life balance secrets, which is driving you to the edge (or so you think). You plan to leave the pressure-filled corporate world, spend a quiet dinner with Mum and Dad, and then buy a one-way ticket to Thailand. One of your former colleagues is teaching English to grade-school students in Phuket, and she is having the time of her (young) life. (The children are attentive to her, also trying hard to please her. And a sun-kissed holiday would be a drive away.) It seems like a dream job, so you're thinking of following her footsteps. Hold that thought.
You can consider a career change, and find a job beyond London (or the channel), when you're truly unhappy about your situation. The gray weather must make you gloomier while the sight of passing dogs turn you into a grouch. (You wish for a pug, but you can't afford to have one at the moment.) And you tell your mates a lot of reasons on why you don't want to join them in watching a cricket game at Lord's on a Saturday. The reasons are real and imaginary, which you have made up on the last minute. All of these are not happening. Yet.
There may be too many happenings in the office, such that your colleagues haven't thought about those work-life balance secrets that keep them working for many years. You have been in the job for a few years, more or less, but you've been wondering if there could be more than your present routine. It won't surprise you if this could make you complacent, if not restless, a few years later. There must be a secret, if not a short list, that should help you handle this situation better. Well, there is.
How to Stay Happy and Motivated
You would learn to admit that you can't do everything. If you yearn for a promotion, then this is the first thing that you must learn as a manager (or the head of the company). The art of delegating tasks to your fellow employees would require weeks, if not months, and there's no guarantee that you would master it at the end of a year or two. Admission (that you can't do everything) should be the first step to that direction. You can do one thing at a time, though.
Anything is possible. It always seems impossible until it’s done. Nelson Mandela would say these famous words. You must start the task right away. There's another way of looking at it, which would be declining additional work. You must prepare to give a valid reason, even if it's a personal one.
Your top business tool is your workmates. You must learn to work along with them as soon as possible. Invite them for a coffee break (or a slice of cake) if this should foster better teamwork.
You must be happy. If indulging in your interests won't make you bored (or depressed) during weekends, then it might be high time to get off the market. It can lead to a tender trap, which you must not be afraid of. After all, this may be a good reason to request for a flexible (working) schedule. (If you happen to support a young family, then you must practice your negotiating skills. You must prove to your boss that you would be more productive while supporting your other half and looking at your child or two.)
Embrace life. You may get worried about the uncertainties, if not get sad at outcome that you didn't plan for. You would prefer it over an uneventful existence sooner or later. And you don't want to sit in front of the telly for hours.
You would tell your teenage self about not letting the small stuff unnerve you. It's OK if you forgot to bring a brolly. Your boss may allow you to take a leave after the soaking would trigger your sinus allergy. (And the sneezing may make your colleagues wary of you.)
Your greatest fear? You worry about the future, if not your health. Everyone shares your fear as well. If you want to see the verdant county on a flash, which would reassure you, then purchase a ticket from Virgin Trains. It may be a bit costly, but it should help you save some money for unforeseen expenses. (And you might spend it on activities that would make you addictive to it.)
Ban technology at certain times, if not days. You may not have noticed that your parents, as well as your grandparents, are happier than many members of the your generation. Nokia would be a foreign word while an apple is nothing more than a fruit.
Give yourself some clear headspace. If it should be long hours of sleep, which may result to oversleeping, then do it.
There must be a clear distinction between work and professional life. Dipping in and out of work could affect your productivity, and you must have read the above to know what are those factors that have such effect on you.
The Bravest Thing that You Would Do
If the words of wisdom, which you’ve read before this one, didn’t satisfy you at all, then you must take a leap of faith. Plan the bravest thing that you can do, which may seem stupid at first. If it means spending months, if not a year, in the Far East, then prepare for it. (You might ask your folks for additional funds.) Keep in mind that many employers may question the gap in your work experience (in your CV), so know the consequences. Plan for it. And try to be a responsible backpacker.