We’ve now entered a new year. Some of us may begin to plan out the next 12 months, set goals, evaluate what worked well last year and what we’d like to change in the future. Of course, there could be some element of resolution making, too, in amongst all this organising.
It may be that your goals are purely fiscal, or perhaps you’re set on making changes in your personal life. One thing I’ve learnt over the years, is that however important money is (and we can all agree that it is important), it’s no substitute for living a meaningful life shared with those nearest and dearest to you.
Money doesn’t equal happiness
There are instances of those who appear to have limitless wealth yet who seem unhappy. An example could be celebrities who live a life many of us could only dream of, yet end up seemingly lonely or even battling with addictions. Another example may be that of lottery winners whose relationships break down as they try to cope with their new fortune.
If we take a look closer to home, you may know people who spend much of their life devoted to their work, paying little attention to their family. I myself have witnessed people on holiday clearly talking shop instead of relaxing and enjoying the downtime with their loved ones.
The importance of being present
Technology means we are always connected to each other and the pandemic and increase in home-working that we have seen may have helped to exacerbate the blurring of lines between work and home life.
While we may feel the pressure to perform at work, to amass more wealth, to get the next promotion, it is vital that we make time for our loved ones. They will be the ones to stick by you when you may need them most, including if things go wrong financially or otherwise.
Three tips to creating a better work-life balance
If you find it hard to switch off from work, try these ideas out below and see if they help you to make more time for the things and people you love.
1. Whether you’re working from home or your place of work, try and make a concerted effort to stick to your set start and finish times.
2. If you’re working outside of your set hours often, talk to your line manager; they may be able to help support you achieve a better work-life balance.
3. Turn email notifications off outside of work hours. If you can’t commit to doing this in the week, perhaps try and turn them off for weekends and annual leave at least.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this latest instalment to my money and wellness series. For the next article, we’ll be looking at how to use your time effectively.