We all have to work, but we also all have to live. So where does that balance happen? Work life balance is often discussed because it is just so hard to find. If you’re struggling in life, it might be a sign you need to re-assess your work life balance.
Life isn’t fun
No, life isn’t all fun and games, but try to be present and enjoy it. Do you have enough time to get outside, play, and partake in pleasurable activities? Or are you too exhausted to go out? When life becomes all about working for the weekend, but then you’re too tired on the weekend, then it’s definitely time to re-assess your work life balance.
Not enough sleep
Sleep is important but when we need more time in the day it’s often the first to be cut. But without sleep, you simply can’t function. Over time everything will begin to deteriorate, whether it’s your own happiness, your relationships, or your work productivity. Sleep should rarely be compromised. Map out how much time you need and if that’s not possible in your current set up, then it may be time to re-think your lifestyle.
As we get older, we tend to have fewer friends in our life. Our interests change, our schedules become busier, we have more commitments, or we move away. But having friends in your life is essential. Socializing is good for us. It provides us an opportunity to laugh, be physically active, or participate in common interests.
You don’t need a large group of friends who are constantly socializing. You just need a few constants in your life. People you can turn too during good and bad times. Friends can also shake things up and move you out of your comfort zone. You can also engage in conversations or friendly debates with friends where you are intellectually stimulated.
If you’re in a relationship and don’t have time for the other person, are you actually in a relationship? At some point, you need to make the decision if it is working or not. Re-assessing your work life balance means deciding to make time for your partner.
A relationship is an investment. If you continually draw from it, there will soon be nothing left to support it. Time withdrawal happens all the time, and if you find yourself spending less and less time with your partner, then something needs to change. Take a look at how much time is spent working and see what can be changed. Balance can exist, as long as you prioritize and work on it.