Achieve an enjoyable work-life balance with these 3 rules (works for me)

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Are you among the 75% who struggles with work-life balance?

If you are reading this article, you must be interested in how to achieve and maintain a better work-life balance. It is easy to get carried away with work, especially if you are in a stressful management position or if you are managing your own business.

A new survey, from FlexJobs and Mental Health America (MHA) taken late last month, reported that 75% of workers have experienced burnout in the past 12 months — even despite the pandemic.

If you have been following my work during the past years, you know that I am involved in a number of businesses, I trade stocks, manage my own ventures and besides that, I still have time to do sports and live healthy every day.

Read on to find out what works for me the best to maintain a very pleasant work-life balance, just by following 3 simple rules.

Rule 1: prioritize your health above anything else

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Healthy body, healthy mind. Healthy living is about respecting my mind, respecting my body and remembering that what goes into my body can affect my mind and everything’s connected. A great cardiovascular system will dramatically improve your stress tolerance, beating your own records at the gym will encourage you to push beyond your limits even at work. A healthy diet will help you to get through the day in comfort, without abdominal pains, sugar imbalances and such.

What do I do on a daily basis?

Wake up at 7:00 the latest and have a nice breakfast. Go for organic only, such as eggs, veggies and salad. Include some protein and unprocessed carbs as well. Eating raw is the best. I like to have a large americano with a LOT of hot water, as consuming enough liquid is critical for good health. Tea is also great but in the mornings I want coffee.

After breakfast I do the most important tasks, answer any emails from my clients and go through the daily performance checks for each account I oversee.

Once done, I get down to the gym for 30 minutes of weight exercises and 30 minutes of fast-paced jogging. On the treadmill, I use those 30 minutes to think over the remaining tasks for the day, so once I get home I can get right back to work.

My other meals include chicken, beetroot, carrots, banana, oranges, salmon — healthy foods only, nothing processed ideally. If it is greasy I do not eat it. No fatty steaks, please. Pork and bottomfeeders (shrimp, prawn, etc) a big no-no.

Rule 2: organize your work precisely

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I use task lists. Every evening I will list 6–8 tasks that will be prioritized the following day. Before listing anything, I ask myself: is this a priority? If not then it will not make it to the list.

During my working hours, I also do my best to remain laser-focused on the list. Your task list is only efficient if you actually complete each task — so make sure you will have a clear definition of what each task requires to be considered done. If your work requires a set timeline, then plan accordingly.

When working on my priority list, I will downright ignore any distractions. No emails, no phone calls and definitely no social media. The earlier I tackle my jobs for the day the earlier I will be able to enjoy time chatting and watching videos. But it is a big no during working hours.

The good thing about being disciplined is that usually I will complete my tasks a lot faster compared to expected so I will have a few extra hours each day for self-improvement, learning something new or working ahead.

Rule 3: focus on your own priorities

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It is easy to become a nice guy and attend to everyone’s requests. If you value yourself or value your time then you must not let yourself be distracted. Ignore any non-priority requests.

Personally, I manage my time very strictly: when working for my clients, I do not think of my own business management stuff. When I manage my businesses, I will not attend to any client requests. When studying, exercising or doing personal activities then I will completely ignore both my businesses and clients.

Conclusion

That’s it. Everyone can do it. Finding and maintaining work-life balance will be slightly different for everyone but the key takeaway here is that:

  • you need to prioritize your health first
  • organize your work and resist distractions
  • have a separate time allocation for work, personal life and your personal business activities

As an entrepreneur I always say:

The business needs to serve you, not you serve the business. Huge difference.

What do you think? Do you have issues with maintaining a work-life balance? Share this article with someone who would find it helpful.

Easy going entrepreneur living in Malta. Proud owner of hotel consulting company Daniel Diosi & Partners, and Brand Auditor. Sports, health, good times 🤟

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