10 Ways to Achieve a Proper Work Life Balance

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In the last year alone, America’s workforce has undergone serious change. From a national shutdown to the re-evaluation of what makes someone essential, almost every organization has experienced some form of restructuring and reorganization. Even if you’re one of the lucky few and the only change to your career was a temporary work from home order, nobody was able to avoid major disruptions to their work life balance.


The Importance of Structure in Work Life Balance

EITHER YOU RUN THE DAY, OR THE DAY RUNS YOU

– Jim Rohn, Motivational Speaker

The Atlantic published an article on how structure relates to happiness, and they found that the happiest people limit their unstructured free time to 2-4 hours a day. These findings may sound counterintuitive at first, but professors from the University of California and the University of Pennsylvania have also found that too much unstructured free time makes people feel unproductive and unhappy.

Unfortunately, Covid-19 threw any semblance of structure out the window, and now everyone is struggling to find structure within their personal and professional lives.

“WORK LIFE BALANCE IS NOT AN ENTITLEMENT OR BENEFIT. YOUR COMPANY CANNOT GIVE IT TO YOU. YOU HAVE TO CREATE IT FOR YOURSELF.”

– Matthew Kelly, Author

Without a clear routine at work and at home, it can be incredibly difficult to find happiness when everything seems out of whack. However, while structure is an important aspect of work life balance, it’s not the only factor to consider. The next section includes 10 ways in which you can improve your work life balance without the need for structure.

Work-life balance is not just a buzzy, self-help term that real business people laugh at. You need it.

– Stephanie Ruhle

Steps You Can Take to Improve Your Work Life Balance


Mental Health America: MHA, has compiled an incredible list with steps you can take to achieve a stable work life balance. We’ve summarized the 10 most important factors here:


Steps to Take at Work


Make sure every goal you set is Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time bound. If your work goals meet these five criteria, you can’t go wrong!

  • Take Frequent Breaks

It might feel wrong to step away from a critical project, but a short 5-minute break can help refresh your mind and allow you to think about difficult problems in a new light.

  • Work Smarter, Not Harder

Procrastination is dangerous and detrimental to one’s work life balance, especially when you’re used to a specific workflow that no longer exists. If you set SMART goals and adhere to the timeframes you set, then you’ll be ok.

  • Ask for Adjustable Hours

While this might sound like it would be an uncomfortable conversation with your boss, it may actually be more efficient for you or your team to coordinate during times that don’t fall into the usual 9-5 work day.

  • Find a Job That You Love

We can help with this one! USPRO has guided countless people to better opportunities during the pandemic, and we’d be more than happy to help you find a career that you love. Contact us and improve your prospects today!


Steps to Take at Home


  • Focus On Your Health Above All

If your work is affecting your mental or physical health, make sure you fix whatever is it is that’s hurting you right away. Finding balance is a give and take; you can’t give 110% without taking 10% from somewhere else.

  • Focus On Different Responsibilities Throughout the Day

If you’re working from home, don’t prevent yourself from completing necessary chores just because you’re “at work.” If you need to step away, that’s ok as long as you’re able to complete your assigned tasks.

  • Unplug After the Work Day

Take a walk or find an activity that does not involve a screen when you are done with work for the day. The worst thing you can do is close one laptop and open another. Everyone needs a break from screen time.

  • Don’t Over Commit Just Because You Have “More” Time

Studies have shown that working from home actually increases productivity, so even though you don’t have to spend time commuting, that doesn’t mean you should always offer to do more.

  • Don’t Be a Stranger or an “Island”

Whether you’re working from home or in the office, it’s tough to find time to connect with your coworkers. With everyone being displaced, it can easily feel like you’re all alone. Be sure to reach out, even if it’s just to say hi.


How to Maintain Balance in an Ever-Changing World


Now that you have a good idea of how to achieve a stable work life balance, how can you maintain that balance when life throws you a curveball?

One way is to find a career that works for you. At USPRO, we have a wide variety of remote and in-person job opportunities that will help you achieve your professional goals.

You can also check out these great online resources on how to maintain a proper work life balance during Covid-19:

Forbes: “6 Tips for Better Work-Life Balance” ,

Business News Daily: “How to Improve Your Work-Life Balance Today”

Our Running Guide on How to Achieve a Proper Work Life Balance on LinkedIn.

Also, be sure to check out our blogs on “How to Search for Jobs During the Pandemic” and “7 Questions to Ask Before Returning for Work.”

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