How to find a better work life balance
If you’re feeling stressed and unhappy, it may be because you feel like you’re being stretched too thinly across personal and professional demands.
Using the free Life Career Rainbow worksheet think about how much time you spend in each of these roles right now. Draw a larger dot to indicate a lot of time energy, and a smaller dot to indicate less time and energy.
Look at your dots - are these the right priorities for you right now? Are there roles you feel you need to spend more time in?
Using another blank rainbow, start to identify your ideal work-life balance.
Which roles do you want to spend more time and energy on? Which roles would you spend less time within, if at all? Draw some dots on your new rainbow.
Bare in mind that, in some cases, the time we spend at work will be the same every week – but this should be manageable. Remember that career commitments also include the time we spend commuting to and from work, business trips and any time we stay on later to finish something.
Compare your two diagrams. Are there consistencies between your two rainbows?
Are some dots larger in your current rainbow than in your ideal scenario rainbow? Can you see where you can potentially spend less time and energy and put it into other areas?
Set some life and career goals
Once you’ve identified what your ideal work-life balance looks like, start to set small, attainable goals to help you move towards it.
One thing to remember is that something will always have to give. For example, if your goal is to raise a family, you may have to accept that you’ll need to cut your working hours down and so on.