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  Ever feel like you’re constantly spinning between work, family, and personal time? You’re not alone!  Many people struggle to find a healthy work-life balance. But don’t worry, there are ways to make it work! Here are some tips to help you find your happy medium:
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  • Know What Balance Means to You

Balance isn’t about splitting your time exactly in half. It’s about giving yourself enough time and energy for both work and personal things that are important to you. What makes you feel fulfilled?  Is it spending time with loved ones, pursuing a hobby, or simply relaxing? Once you know what matters most, you can prioritize your time accordingly.
  • Set Boundaries

Creating clear lines between work and personal life is crucial. This might involve setting specific work hours and sticking to them.  Turn off work email notifications on your phone in the evenings and on weekends. Let your colleagues know you’re unavailable outside of work hours. This helps ensure work doesn’t bleed into your time, and vice versa.
  • Be a Time Management Master

Learn to manage your time effectively. Make to-do lists to stay organized and prioritize tasks at work. Can you delegate some work to free up your schedule? Saying “no” to extra work when you’re already overloaded is perfectly okay. By being efficient with your work time, you’ll have more energy for the rest of your life.
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  • Schedule Your Personal Life

Treat your personal life like an important appointment. Block out time in your calendar for hobbies, spending time with family, or simply relaxing. This ensures you make time for the things that recharge you outside of work.
  • Learn to Disconnect

It’s easy to feel constantly plugged in. Make a conscious effort to disconnect from work when you’re off the clock.  Silence your phone notifications, avoid checking work emails, and be present at the moment with your loved ones or hobbies.
  • Don’t Forget Yourself!

Taking care of yourself is vital. Get enough sleep, eat healthy foods, and exercise regularly.  Schedule some “me-time” to do things you enjoy, even if it’s just reading a book or taking a long bath. A happy and healthy you is a more productive you at work and home.
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Final Thoughts

Finding work-life balance is an ongoing process. There will be times when work demands more of your attention, and that’s okay. The key is to be flexible and adjust as needed. Don’t get discouraged if you have setbacks. Keep at it, and you’ll find a balance that works for you! By following these tips, you can create a life where you thrive in both your career and personal life. After all, you deserve to have it all!
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This article was first published on 6th April 2024


Chidiogo Shalom Akaelu holds a degree in English and Literary Studies, from the University of Nigeria. She is a freelance writer, editor and founder of Loana Press, a budding online publishing outlet.

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