5 Tips from Experts to Bring Balance in Your Work-Life as a Woman
Often, work takes an edge over other things in our lives. The desire to succeed professionally can push you to set aside your well-being. Developing a balance in personal and professional commitments is crucial for your physical, emotional, and mental well-being and career. Women juggle career, seek advanced degrees, look after their children’s and take care of older adults at home. But have you wondered how they handle these roles so competently?
Work-life balance is a state of equilibrium wherein an individual gives equal preference to career and personal needs. In other words, it means prioritisation of roles and responsibilities.
A recent study highlighted that creating a positive balance is especially difficult for the younger generation, and they point to a variety of reasons, primarily,
- Increased work hours and pressure
- Increased responsibilities at home
- Financial pressure
These dual responsibilities often lead to increased stress, conflict of time and attention between work and family, and eventually, reduced productivity at work. Sometimes emotional and physical health takes a significant toll and influences efficiency. A person’s situation can become so overwhelming that it may start to feel like the concept of work-life balance is a myth.
Chronic stress is a condition that can lead to hypertension, digestive problems, chronic pains and heart problems. Maintaining a better balance helps prevent workplace burnout, chronic stress, and improvement in work quality. This also improves performance and productivity, as you can focus on your work without having to worry about personal commitment.
Small changes in your daily activities can help you bring balance to your life.
Make a list of all your tasks and divide them into four categories, such as:
• Urgent and Important
• Urgent but not Important
• Important but Not Urgent
• Neither urgent nor important
Once you have categorised your workload into a list, you can focus on the urgent and important tasks first, giving them the utmost priority, and then move on to the other activities.
The ability to meet personal commitments dramatically affects a person’s success as an employee, which undoubtedly benefits them and their employers alike. Employers who enable their workforce to build on such harmony in personal and professional lives can reap the benefits of increased employee satisfaction and loyalty.
The Centre for Organization Development (COD) has designed a daylong virtual training program to help women managers and executives become more assertive in seeking and developing a support mechanism to bring desired and much-needed balance in their work and personal lives. The programme can help manage your time well across all activities and deal with stress and improve your productivity.