Chances are one of your new year’s resolutions is to spend more time with loved ones, to excel at work, to work out more or to be more ‘present’. Right? How’s that working out for you? We don’t blame you if you’re having a hard time achieving all of the above. These are pretty lofty goals to achieve. You’ll need a pretty healthy work-life balance to achieve them. In this blog, you’ll discover the benefits of having a solid work-life balance.
1. Your personal life will improve
It goes without saying that your personal life will improve. You’ll get to spend more time with loved ones. No matter what you want to spend more time on, flexible working will help you do it. You’ll end up happier and will perform better at work.
You're not the only one wanting to spend more time with your friends and family. Studies have shown repeatedly that for certain groups of people work-life balance trumps salary. According to a FlexJobs’ survey, working parents rank work-life balance (84 percent) ahead of salary (75 percent) when considering whether or not to take a job. Work-life balance was also named the top reason working parents seek flexible work, followed by family, time savings, and commuting stress.
The same goes for millennials. Millennials value work-life balance a lot. Research has shown that they care more about work-life balance than career advancement.
2. Overtime could kill you.
If your work-life balance is out of whack, i.e. if you work too hard and are overstressed, you’re jeopardizing your health.
Being tired lowers your immune system and makes you more susceptible to the flu. But even worse, you’re more likely to suffer from serious health conditions like heart conditions, strokes, and respiratory problems.
A study performed by the University College London showed that white-collar workers who worked three or more hours longer than required had a 60% higher risk of heart-related problems such as death due to heart disease, non-fatal heart attacks, and angina.
So, look after yourself and limit your overtime. Overtime is sometimes unavoidable, and everyone gets stressed from time to time. But if you find yourself in a state of excessive stress and haven’t seen your children, friends or relatives for weeks on end, you need to change your habits.
3. Mens Sana in Corpore Sano
Yeah, we like to throw some Latin around. Basically:
The fact that you never get the flu or can run the marathon doesn’t mean that you're not suffering from stress-related issues. There are mental and psychological consequences too. One of them is a burnout.
Burnouts occur when we feel overwhelmed and feel unable to meet constant demands. If the magnitude of the tasks you’re asked to perform is overwhelming or if you’re pitted up against impossible deadlines regularly, you need to take a step back and relax. Stats show that the share of workers suffering from burnouts has gone up from 10,4 to 20,9%. And a burnout will negatively affect every aspect of your life.
A solid work-life balance will help you relax and avoid a burnout.
Many professions require a lot of time and effort, and sometimes a lot of downtime just isn’t possible if you’re determined to do well. It’s all about finding your balance. Care to find out how?
4. You'll have time for yourself
If you have a solid work-life balance, you’ll be able to leave your work at work. No need to shush your mother while she asks you if you want more gravy just to answer a work-related mail. No need to take calls from clients while you’re finally having a drink with your crush. You’ll enjoy life more, you’ll live intensely and therefore have more meaningful moments to share on Instagram. #livingmybestlife.
Similarly, when we find and sustain a healthy work-life balance, we develop greater control over our focus and ability to concentrate on the task at hand. If you are in the office, you’ll be more focused on the tasks at hand. In turn, this makes you a more efficient, better and happier worker.
5. A more productive you
As mentioned before, having a healthy work-life balance isn’t just essential to your well-being – it also boosts your productivity.
From finally getting around to practice yoga because you switched off your work phone, to complete a work task you’ve been stuck on for weeks after being able to go back to it with a fresh mindset – creating a good balance between your work life and your personal life will allow you to be more productive in both areas.
If you achieve a healthy work-life balance you’ll be well-rested and less cranky. This will pay dividends at work. You’ll be laser-focused, perform better, get good evaluations, rise through the ranks and finally end up the head honcho of your company. It’s that easy. No seriously, you’ll enjoy what you’re doing more and be better at it.
These were 5 ways your work-life balance will positively impact your overall well-being. But how do you achieve work-life balance? There are different ways to go about it. We’ll give you some pointers and tips that’ll lead you to happiness.