How to Create a Healthy Work-Life Balance
Contrary to what many think, having a full-time job doesn’t mean all other areas of your life are are doomed for neglect.
Sure, it might feel that way sometimes, but with a level-headed, realistic approach to creating a healthy balance between your career and your life outside the office, you can avoid feeling constantly stressed and like you have no time for the things and people that matter most to you.
“I am consistently focused on efficiency in every area of life, instead of just spending more time on various activities,” he explained.
Sadeghi said he increases efficiency by practicing focus and being present in each moment. This strategy, he says, allows him to thrive both at work and in all other areas of his life.
“I believe that most Americans are suffering from massive inefficiency, so they don't feel balanced at all,” he said. “In fact, they complain about working too much but they still don't get the results at work. They feel like they don't have the relationships they want, but often, they are spending plenty of time in their relationship, just not enough high-quality time when they are 100 percent present and focused.”
The biggest part of the problem, Sadeghi said, is mobile devices — they diminish focus.
“[They ] cause many people to live in a world where they are never really focused on anything because they are taking work emails during dinner and responding to personal Facebook messages at work,” he said.
For this reason, Sadeghi chooses to put his phone away when he’s with his family.
“Many times when my wife and I are out together or we are together as a family with the kids, I will take my phone out in front of everyone and turn it off, then put it away,” he explained. “While this gesture may not seem like much, it allows me to focus and it reminds them how important they are to me.”
Cutting down on “device time” is just one example of how to improve work-life balance. If you really want to get serious about it, Sadeghi said focusing on results instead of activity is key.
For example, cutting down on time at the office only to watch more TV probably won’t do the trick.
“At the same time, working more without getting more focused and efficient at work doesn't help create more results at work,” Sadeghi explained. “Additionally, it's important to realize that work-life balance means something very different at each stage of life.”
In other words, if you really want to find your “balance,” it’s a good idea to first clearly define what you want out of both your career and your life outside of it.
“I teach the concept of a ‘wheel of life’ with 10 different areas, and I believe that fulfillment comes from balance around the wheel,” Sadeghi said. “When one focuses on positive results in every area of the wheel, even if they might take varying amounts of effort, happiness and fulfillment become much easier to find.”
Finally, Sadeghi offers the following three steps that he feels are necessary for finding a true balance between work and the rest of life:
1. Focus on efficiency in what you do, not just effort.
2. Remember, there are many different parts of life — never ignore one completely, regardless of what is going on.
3. Power comes from balance but balance does not mean laziness. Get focused, get efficient and get results in every area of your life.