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Quick Tip: How to Achieve the Right Work-Life Balance

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

You just left work, picked up the kids, got home and started prepping dinner. And then your phone blows up with work emails. Do you pick it up and respond, or do you keep cooking?

If you’re in the former group, you’re not alone. About 11 percent of employees in the United States reported working very long hours, or more than 50 hours a week on average, according to an Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development survey. While the nation’s percentage was lower than the average of the countries surveyed, the U.S. ranked below average in work-life balance.

Research has shown that a good work-life balance can improve your overall health and well-being.

But how do you get there? Here are a few tips from our Windstream team:

1. Before you leave work, make a to-do list of the things you plan to accomplish the next day.

It seems a little counterintuitive to build a list of things you need to do — preferably prioritized — and then leave it at the door. But it will also give you more structure, an action plan and, later, an achievement list. When building the lists, don’t overload and keep in mind how long each task might realistically take.

2. Define what work success means to you and how to get there.

Where do you see yourself in five years? This isn’t an interview, but, really, think about it. Map out how you intend to get there, and it will help you schedule your time at work and at home.

And once you find that perfect balance between the two, don’t be afraid to say “no.” Believe it or not, it’s OK to turn down something, as long as you do so respectfully. If you do say “no,” there’s no need to feel guilty about it.

3. Have your “me” time and “we” time for you and your family.

Set aside some time each day for self-care and family activities. What do you like to do? Fit in your workout or another activity that helps reduce your stress. Watch your family’s favorite shows with Kinetic TV together after dinner. In other words, unwind — and unplug! You can add more value to this time by keeping it uninterrupted. Yes, that means put away your electronics.

4. Build a strong support system.

Know that you can’t do it all. Everyone has limits, and that means, if you need your spouse to pick up some responsibilities, delegate them. And cast a wider net for your support system. If that calls for enlisting your parents, your children’s friends’ parents, or whomever, make those connections.

Now, go out and conquer — hopefully with lower stress levels! Subscribe to the Windstream blog for more tips and treats.