Is work-life balance a myth?

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Everyone has a story to tell around finding the balance between their work and personal life. Often, all we hear about are the extremes of entrepreneurs and billionaires with intensive schedules that celebrate long hours, limited sleep and no leave.

On the flip side we also know the effects of burn-out and the impact this can have on your performance and long-term health. Even more so for leaders who should be demonstrating behaviours for others in the business to emulate.    

Online news site recently shared some interesting insights from successful New Zealanders around their sleeping and working habits.

The message is clear and like any goal or ambition, work-life balance won’t happen until you prioritise it. Here are some tips on how you can change your mindset and achieve a work-life balance that works for you.

Work differently

If you work for an organisation that has some flexibility around hours and remote working, then take advantage of it. Build a strong and capable team around you and then start delegating some of your responsibility – it means you’ll develop people faster plus it will free up your time to focus on the things that matter most.  

Redefine what success looks like

Achieving work-life balance can mean different things to different people – maybe its family related or more broadly, rewarding relationships. Then balance that against what professional success means to you.    

Make time for yourself

Schedule time in your diary for you – whether it’s exercise, reading a book or socialising with friends - and commit to it. Self-care is essential for happiness.

Managing technology

Technology might make you accessible but that doesn’t mean you have to be. Be clear about your boundaries with your employer and your team – whether it’s calls at a certain time of night that conflicts with family time or shutting off devices past 10pm to get some quality sleep.

The challenges of travel

Certain roles and sectors are more prone to travel and/or relocation in order to progress to that next career opportunity. If that is undesirable and doesn’t fit with your life, you need to decide if this is the right career for you.

Stick to your plan

Freeing up your time is one thing but sticking to it is another. Research supports the theory that having supportive peer networks (or peer mentoring) is an effective approach to healthy behaviour change.

Realistically, the nature of our modern lives and the fluidity of change means we are constantly shifting our balance and attention. Don’t be too hard on yourself when your approach to work-life balance let’s you down. Instead, focus on being present on whatever task you have before you – you’ll complete it faster and be more satisfied with the result.

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The Decipher Team      

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