Americans spend a lot of time at work. They come early and leave late and don’t take lunch hours. Some continue to be tethered to the job by cellphone and email long after they have supposedly clocked out. Others try to play catch-up on the weekends or late at night.
A recent Harvard Business School survey found that 94 percent of Americans report working 50 hours or more a week, and nearly 50 percent reported working 65 hours per week, according to Forbes.com.
With all this time at work, that means the rest of life including family time, relationships, and leisure activities are often put on the back burner.
Finding the balance between a career and everything else that matters to you is difficult but necessary to live a fulfilling life. All work and no play makes Jane not only a dull girl, but an unhappy one, as well.
While you can’t get more hours in a day, you can make the most of the hours you have. Start with small changes and focus on finding the things that make you happy outside of your career. And then make time for them!
5 Ways to Create Work-Life Balance and Get More Out of Life:
1) Stop trying to be perfect.
Focusing on the details and going the extra mile may have served you well in school and in getting the job you have now. But perhaps you’re taking the idea of perfectionism too far, especially if you are in the stage of life when other commitments (children, spouses, aging parents, etc.) have stretched you thin.
Think about giving up the idea of being perfect and strive for excellence instead. No one is perfect and it could drive your stress levels sky high if you continue to focus on perfectionism.
It might seem counterproductive to add something to your already-so-busy schedule in order to create more balance, but exercise is the exception to the rule. In addition to helping you stay physically healthy, exercise can help you stay emotionally healthy too.