Lydia Keith

Today people face a significant struggle to be successful in their careers and other areas of life. However, most times they find themselves trapped in one part: Their career. 

As a workaholic, people tend to neglect other areas of life. Such as family, personal interests, social and leisure activities, resulting in unbalanced work life. These neglects do not go without effects.

However, before going into detail, let’s look at what balanced work life is.

What is Balanced Work Life?

The concept, of work-life balance describes the balance a working-individual needs between the time they put working and other areas of their lives. It emphasizes splitting your time and energy between your career and other personal interests, depending on your priorities. 

This does not mean an equal balance. You don’t need to put in the same amount of time to play as you put to work. This is unrealistic and unrewarding. 

However, there’s no one-size-fits-all balance. How you split up your time will depend on your priorities.

How to Find Your Balance

Achieving success in your career may be extremely important to you, maybe your top priority is paying the bills. However, there’s a need to unwind from work at some points. 

Focusing on work alone is one reason why many successful people are not happy. The fulfillment from other areas of life is lacking. 

Also, a lack of a balanced work-life can affect your productivity at work significantly. You also risk burning yourself out and adding to your high-stress levels, which, if not checked, can result in physical and mental drains. 

To achieve success and fulfillment in your career and life, here’s what you can do.

  1. Know What You Want

There’s a need to know exactly what you what. This means identifying what is important to you in your career and life based on your priorities. Next, draw up how you will devote quality time to those high-priority activities and people ensuring that none gets in the other’s way. 

Learn to say “No” when something doesn’t align with your priorities or fit into your schedule.

  1. Define What Success Means to You

What does a successful life mean to you? Success goes beyond financial results alone. Also, true satisfaction comes when you achieve the success that truly matters to you. 

Successful, fulfilled people understand this, and so they define success on their own terms.  

  1. Set Boundaries

Technology today can blur the line between your work and personal life. While at work, ask your friends and family not to interrupt unless there’s an emergency. Spending all day scrolling on social media can disconnect you from your personal goals. And while you are at dinner with your family, avoid checking emails. 

It’s best you even switch off your phone to enjoy the company of your loved ones fully. 

  1. Pick Up Hobbies to Help You Unwind From Work

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy,

All play and no work makes Jack a mere toy.

After a long work week, you need to take some time off to let your mind and body relax. There are lots of activities that can help take your mind off work. 

I’ve found outlets in activities I never imaged could bring me such joy. 

  • painting
  • theater 
  • landscaping 
  • baking, etc. 

The goal is to unwind from work at such times.

In conclusion, finding the right balance in your work life is essential to the achievement of fulfilling success in both your career and personal life. Whether your efforts got you doing more or less, you’ll realize that you have achieved success in the areas that truly matter to you.