New York, NY – After some math and careful calculations, the old saying is true: There are not enough hours in the day. The trick to wellness, is to create a steady balance between work life and homelife. Otherwise, disruption between the two can take away from both personal and professional efficiency.
In fairness, most workers spend more time at the workplace than they do at home. While on the job, people interact with supervisors and co-workers more than friends, family, and loved ones. Consider the basic 40 hours in a workweek. This factor goes without travel time and without the general morning preparation. The standard 40 hours does not include extra time for deadlines or overtime shifts. Nevertheless, there are 24 hours in a day. However, most of those hours are occupied and accounted for.
On a conservative side, consider a standard average of 30 minutes to get up, get ready and get out the door. Next, add an estimated 30 minutes spent in the lavatory. This subtracts an hour. It is estimated the average person sleeps between 7 – 9 hours.
Next, are the basic responsibilities of life, which come without negotiation — whether this is housework, washing dishes, cleaning or basic bill paying tasks, we will put this at an hour. For all intents and purposes, add an hour commuting, which could run more or less. Add this, plus add the hours of a regular eight-hour shift and calculate the remainder, which is approximately 19 of the 24 hours as a generous estimate. In most cases, life is more demanding and resulting in even less time for friends, family and personal enjoyment. Nevertheless, the need to create a healthy work/life balance is essential to achieve a sense of personal wellness.
There is no law which states that work has to be miserable. In fact, it pays to find a sense of enjoyment and satisfaction at the workplace. And since the hours of our day are mainly accounted for, it makes perfect business sense to find realistic and achievable ways to brighten up the work environment.
Here are some easy ways to make the workplace more fun:
- Look to find a healthy sense of comradery and commonality with others in your workspace.
- Avoid rumors and gossip.
- Be sure to take a few minutes to yourself. (Take a walk, stretch, breath and find ways to practice a sense of mindfulness.)
- Keep work goals realistic and do not personalize other people’s work ethic.
- Keep a sense of fairness and do not take on more than you can handle.
- Learn to laugh and connect with others.
- Understand the importance and efficiency of time management.
- Create healthy traditions throughout the year and always have something to look forward to.
- Maintain a sense of both personal and mutual respect.
- Create a healthy set of boundaries; do not personalize work and allow for a positive separation between work and homelife.
Understand that wellness is a state of personal balance and since work consumes the major portion of the day, it makes sense to gain a healthy mindset to help regulate our personal best.
Ben Kimmel is a proud member of the IUOE Local 94, as well as a Mental Health First Aid Instructor, Certified Recovery Coach, Certified Professional Life Coach, and Peer & Wellness Advocate. Ben can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.