Part 3: Work-Life Balance
This phrase is thrown about all the time, online, in books, by fellow students and lecturers. “You have got to find the right work-life balance”. But what is a work-life balance? And why does everyone keep going on about it?
According to google dictionary, work life balance is defined as the division of one’s time and focus between working and family or leisure activities.
But why is this so important? The truth is that it is beneficial to your mental and physical health. When you can balance the amount of stress in your life with the things that relax you, then it makes it easy on both your mind and body to cope with the hard times.
So how do you go about finding a good work-life balance? The key is to plan around the times you are working/ studying. Using the planner method I suggested in part 1 of this series, start off by picking 1-3 hobbies and try and do an hour of each every week. Make sure you write the slot into your planner. This could be anything from recreational reading, yoga, baking, etc. Make these things a hobby and soon they’ll become part of your routine.
Now you need to add in the social side. It is so important not to neglect social time, and I don’t mean time on social media! Go out for coffee with your friends, take a parent out for lunch, go on date night with your siginifiacnt other! What ever it is, do something regularly and it will definitely pay off!
The point is to get yourself into a position where you can get the work you want done in time, without sacrificing time to relax! There are going to be days where you may have to work longer, so make sure you have days where you can have fun too.
Sometimes, say you have a deadline the following week and you are behind, you are going to have to sacrifice some free time in order to get the job done. This is what I would call a necessary sacrifice because you would be more stressed in the long run if you didn’t finish in time for the deadline. However if the stress is a long term stress that is making you life unhappy, that’s when finding a work life balance is necessary.
Finding a good balance won’t come over night, it takes hard work and effort to reach the right balance and even then you might fall of the rails for a while and have to find your way back. But that is part of life and as long as you keep striving to find a balance, your hard work will pay off.
I hope this 3 part series has been helpful. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to message me on my Instagram blog @diaryofaphysicist.