Striking a balance. That’s never easy, no matter what you’re doing.
Here are tips to find that balancing point for your work-life.
‘Work harder on yourself than you do at your job’.
To be happy, being mentally and physically healthy is the only way to go in life, plus it makes you perform better at work. Think about it, if you’re fulfilled in life, the chances that you are fulfilled at work are equally great – and the only way for you to do that is… to unplug!
The benefits of unplugging are enormous and allow you to focus on other meaningful things. Activities such as meditation, music, sport or even simply spending time with your family are what will keep you going in the long-term.
Still not managing? Set specific lengths of time to unplug, in the evening and on the weekends.
What really matters to you? What do you want to achieve in your work, how about in your personal life?
Knowing this, and having these things written down, can greatly help in knowing what to say “yes” or “no” to. You have a limited amount of time, how you spend it is really up to you. Define your priorities and talk with your family and the people you look up to so that there are no misconceptions. Then when someone requests something extra of you at work, if it doesn’t fit into those priorities, you can say “no” and clearly explain why. This advice goes even beyond saying ‘yes’ and ‘no’ to the little things, it can help you choose the right next step in your career.
If you are already looking for that next step, get in touch with our Life Sciences recruiters and describe your objectives. We will be dedicated to helping you reach them.
Perfectionism is a quick killer to a balanced life. If you’re constantly striving for perfection at work or having that required of you, you’ve got a problem. That’s not a healthy way to live. You’re only human, and as such, you have a life beyond work. Rather than trying to reach an unattainable level of perfection, go for excellence. Do your best at the task at hand, but when it’s time to leave it be, leave it be. You’ll always fall short of perfection, which will result in a poor work attitude.
As a professional within the Life Sciences, listing the many benefits of exercising should be a no-brainer. Exercise has health benefits that extend to reducing stress and providing a healthier attitude and mindset. This is usually the first on your list to go when your schedule gets cramped, but if you choose to use this as a tool to help with your work-life balance, you’ll thank yourself in the long run.
Stay on track
Regularly communicate on the things that go well and the things that are not going well so you or your team doesn’t fall off the rails. This will show that you care about the outcome of projects and is likely to make you and your team more motivated because it provides a structure to the madness. This applies to both your work and personal life and results in better relationships or clarity in general.
Have the support of a quality network
Be it your family, your friends, or professional network, it’s important that you surround yourself with people that you look up to and that you can turn to when facing problems. It will likely lead to gathering different perspectives which will help you to make decisions as well as make you feel supported in stress situations. You can find out about how to build a network efficiently in our article ‘It’s not what you know, it’s who you know’.
Do you have a work-life balance?
Use this list as a measurement tool to make sure you’re using all the methods out there and tailor your life to a be perfect for your own unique situation.
Now that you know how to find balance in your life, you can read about ‘The danger behind your strengths’ so that you can be even more successful – in life and at work.