How to set a work-life balance in your job

Congratulations on getting approved for that car loan! Now that you have your new set of wheels, you can drive yourself to work with ease. But as you drive your new vehicle, don’t forget to make your payments to avoid incurring massive debt.

That’s easy enough to remember, right? All you have to do is go to work every day, get your paycheck and make sure that you make the payments before the deadline. Nothing too out of the ordinary.

However, it’s easy to get caught up in your work, and before you know it, you’re burnt out. That is why it is essential to set a work-life balance for yourself. Here are a few ways you can do just that:

Find something that defines you

For a lot of people, once they start working, it’s the only reason they leave their houses. Losing yourself to this way of thinking is easy. The world is so much more than your job.

Think of other activities you enjoy, like watching your kids play in organised youth sports, or playing the weekly card game with your mates every Friday night after work.

It’s important to have something to look forward to each week; whether it’s something as simple as a new episode of your TV show, or an activity you share with others. This gives you something to look forward to each day and will help turn your brain off to the dramas of your job as soon as your shift ends.

Off-hour emails

Technology is great. It has made communication more effective than ever. However, with great power comes great responsibility; work emails on the weekend.

Managers and bosses can cut into your day-off with work-related emails or calls. You can choose to ignore most calls, and reply to emails either immediately or hours after reading it.

Doing this will tell your boss that you can respond to emails and calls, but not in a manner that they want. They won’t be able to do much about it because it’s your day off and is officially off the clock.

Now, you can enjoy your time off more without having to regularly check your phone for any new emails or work that needs to get done during your time off.

Leave on time

Ever notice those coworkers that never clock out on time? That even with five minutes left in their shift, they’re toiling away on their work? They are dedicated workers who are willing to do overtime usually for free just to show that they are busy and dedicated to their job.

Now, it’s easy to get caught up in this type of competition where you buckle down and finish a job you can do the following day. The downside is that this cuts into your free time you could, otherwise, use for something else.

Instead of staying late, why not get your job done within your shift, and leave anything else undone for the next day? Leave on time and allow yourself to relax after 8 or more hours of work.

After all, if you can show that you can be active within your shift, there is no need to stay longer.

Don’t let your job consume your entire life. Remember, working is only one part of your life, and it is up to you to determine the other elements that will give meaning to your life. Your family and social life is a more critical aspect of your life, so give them some of your time to prevent yourself from going crazy at work.