Career development – How to keep your work and life balanced
Today we have an article from our regular contributor, Lindsey Harper Mac, on how to keep your work and life in balance. Lindsey is a professional writer living in the Indianapolis area. She specializes in writing guest posts on social media and education. Currently, Lindsey is completing work on her master’s degree. You can find links to some of her earlier posts at the end of this article.
How to keep your work and life balanced
Finding a job in today’s economy is no easy task – more people are seeking employment than ever before, many with more education and experience for entry-level positions. And once you secure a stable job, it can be difficult to find a balance between your work and personal lives. While excelling on the job is vital in today’s world, it is also important to maintain your home and personal relationships.
Occupational stress has become a prevalent issue for today’s workers – stress and its related issues are estimated to cost over $150 billion each year in the United States alone. But with some planning and creation of personal boundaries, you can reduce stress in your life.
Use financial tools
Stress related to personal finance can magnify other everyday stressors. If you are spending so much time concerned about your job performance, bank balance and student loan debt, how can you expect to maintain healthy relationships? To help manage your finances and your worry, consider:
- Bank notifications – Most banks now offer mobile applications and notifications for smartphones. With customizable tools such as balance and overdraft alerts, you can automate your balance checks and stay on top of your accounts at all times.
- Credit reports – Keeping up-to-date on your credit score and reports can help you avoid surprises when applying for a loan. You can get an annual credit report for free to verify all of your outstanding debts and look for signs of identity theft or inaccuracies that can lower your credit score.
- Check insurance policies – If your budget has recently gotten tighter, it may be time to examine your insurance policies. Check your existing coverage to see if you can reduce costs through bundling.
Draw clear lines between home and work
It can be all too easy to let your work life bleed into your home life. While taking some reports home to review the night before a big presentation makes sense, taking work home every day of the week will lead to exhaustion and burnout. Being a go-getter will lead to new opportunities and promotions, but establishing boundaries will keep your stress levels down. Volunteer for occasional projects, but don’t allow yourself to be saddled with all of the work. Be honest with your boss, coworkers and yourself and reach out for help, should you feel overwhelmed.
Keep a schedule
Keeping track of your work schedule, meetings and appointments can be difficult. Even if you feel like you’re constantly on the go, building a schedule online can reduce stress, especially if you tie Google Calendar to your mobile phone. The regular reminders and push notifications will make sure you don’t miss another appointment. Be sure to find space in your schedule for exercise, which can reduce stress and boost your energy.
The fast-paced schedules we keep can seem overwhelming and hectic at times. But planning and self-awareness can reduce stress and maximize your effectiveness at work. Be completely honest with yourself about the amount of work you can manage, and always reserve time for visiting with friends and keeping up with your favorite hobbies.
About the author: Lindsey Harper Mac is a professional writer living in the Indianapolis area. She specializes in writing guest posts on social media and education. Currently, Lindsey is completing work on her master’s degree.
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