Living to Work or Working to Live? Finding your Work-Life Balance

  • Better mental health — as previously mentioned, working longer hours means that we are more likely to develop mental health problems. To combat this, take responsibility and learn to say no. If the workload is too much, your employer needs to be aware of this and address them. Your colleagues may also be suffering so by speaking up, the workplace may become more enjoyable for everyone. For those who work to live in particular, you might want to find a career that involves something that you love, or enjoy, to improve your mental health considering we spend most of our week at work. Don’t spend most of it only looking forward to the weekend. Alternatively, try to build better relationships with those at work so that it becomes more enjoyable
  • Better physical health — we are more likely to develop burnout and stress-related diseases, such as cardiovascular problems if we work too much. Excessive work can also lead to developing unhealthy habits such as smoking and drinking. It is important to take time to focus on things such as a healthy diet and exercise, so that you feel good physically, which consequently helps mentally. Also, take proper breaks at work, as it is especially important for those who live to work. You will not be able to enjoy the career that you love if you are spending it in hospital or have to take time off work due to exhaustion.
  • Better productivity — when you are feeling good mentally and physically, you will also see better productivity in your work. You will be more motivated to do work, so your work quality will also be better. You will need to learn to sort out your priorities, so that you do not stress yourself out. Set yourself a certain amount of time for some tasks and try to avoid wasting time on unnecessary meetings. Work smart, not hard. Specifically, for those who work to live, doing something that you love is truly the only way to do great work, so don’t waste your time being unproductive and unhappy at a job you don’t enjoy.
  • Improved relationships — by allocating less time at work, you will be able to spend more of it with friends and family. This can help avoid issues at home as you are less consumed by your career. If you work from home, then try to separate business and personal life, such as making an office, or simply designating a work space. You might find yourself distracted by the thought of work when trying to take a break because your workspace is in the other room. In that instance, find a cafe to work at instead.

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