Does the phrase “work/life balance” make you cringe or roll your eyes? It may be because the idea of “balance” sounds too far-fetched…Well, that’s because it is.
There’s no true balance in managing your personal life alongside your work or any other side projects you have going on. There will always be a give and take, some sacrifice. You can’t give equal parts of yourself to everything because everything would end up subpar. The idea of finding perfect balance is like chasing a unicorn – an unreal pursuit.
Instead of attempting balance, strive for work/life harmony. This concept acknowledges that life is a unique blend of commitments, each pulling for your attention. Achieving harmony means finding a rhythm that works for you, allowing you to integrate various aspects of your life in a way that leaves you feeling fulfilled, rather than stretched thin.
Here are five tips to help you achieve work/life harmony:
1. Let go of the idea of perfect.
- Striving for perfection will only leave you stuck. Set realistic expectations from the jump and embrace the imperfections. Try not to compare your journey to the one you’ve imagined in your head or the seemingly flawless ones you see on social media.
2. Make sure everyone impacted is on the same page.
- Communication is key to work/life harmony. Ensure that your family, friends, and colleagues understand your priorities and commitments. Being on the same page can help manage expectations and reduce conflicts.
3. Learn to say no.
- It is essential to recognize your limitations and avoid overcommunicating. Saying no can be a powerful tool to protect your time and maintain your happiness. Prioritize your commitments to what truly matters and aligns with your goals.
4. Delegate. Delegate. Delegate.
- You don’t have to be a Superwoman or Superman. Delegating task at work and home can help unburden you, freeing up your time and energy for more important matters. Trust those around you to contribute.
5. Set sacred hours.
- Create designated times when you’re fully present in your personal life (this means putting your phone down too), whether it’s spending time with family, pursuing hobbies, or just relaxing. These sacred hours are non-negotiable and help you maintain boundaries and peace.
In your pursuit of work/life harmony, remember that it’s a journey, not a destination. You many have to adjust as circumstances change, and your definition of harmony may evolve over time. Embracing the idea of harmony over balance can take the unnecessary pressure off so you can feel more fulfilled and satisfied in life.
By Dominique Murray, CEO and Founder of Make It Happen Sis!