As working hours get longer, more and more people are realizing the importance of work-life balance. And what's more, employers are increasingly coming to understand that over-stressed, over-tired employees aren't good for business. So here are some ideas to help you achieve a better balance between your working life and your home life.
Changing your mindset: Although some people need to work many hours to make ends meet, that's not the case for everyone. Others are working long hours because they haven't really considered the alternatives. A healthy work-life balance is a lifestyle choice, often between money and family or leisure time. If you think you're not getting enough time for yourself, then maybe you will want to consider making some changes, perhaps changing your job for one that may pay less but that gives you more personal time.
Protect your private time: Decide that your time at home is your time, not your employer's, then take steps to protect that time. Turn off your mobile or Blackberry and avoid checking work email. If your boss expects you to be always available, consider challenging that assumption. Set limits as to what you will do — and won't do — in your private time.
Plan something for your evenings: Make sure you have time set aside in the evening to do what you want to do. You'll be less likely to be thinking of things you 'need' to do for work.