Avoid burnout and start working smarter, not harder.
For those spending most of their waking hours on the go, finding a work-life balance can feel as equally improbable as discovering the fountain of youth. Imbalance is sometimes unavoidable, but you can strike a happy balance by asking yourself one question: what is the most important thing I need to do right now?
Many of us have felt frustrated by unfruitful, complicated strategies to find work-life balance. This concept is so simple that it almost seems trivial. Asking yourself this straightforward question before launching into each task you complete will help differentiate between what you need to do and what is not absolutely necessary at this moment.
You can start working this question into your daily routine by writing out a list of all of the things you think you need to get done. Take a moment to reflect on the list you’ve compiled and clear your mind of any preconceived notions as best you can. With a fresh perspective, look at each task and ask yourself if you need to do this. Could this be outsourced to an employee or a service? If so, cross it off your list. Once you’ve gone through each item on your list and determined which items are priorities, ask yourself which of these tasks is most important then complete that task.
Finding the optimal work-life balance is about recognizing what is most important and establishing boundaries to maintain your focus on that task. This concept goes further than work priorities— it extends to maintaining your health, scheduling downtime, and nurturing relationships. Remember that attitude has the ability to color our experience. Taking a simple approach to life will declutter your mind and allow you to be more focused and productive, freeing you up to enjoy yourself. Integrate this question into your everyday life and you will soon find a controlled balance.