Flevy Blog is an online business magazine covering Business Strategies, Business Theories, & Business Stories.

How to Maintain a Good Work-Life Balance

Bringing your best self to work is so important, and the only way to achieve it is to have a great work-life balance. The introduction of technology means that the fine line between work and home has started becoming more of a gray area. The right amount of “you time,” being productive and working hard, will help you thrive at home and benefit the workplace too.

Establish boundaries

Whether you want to be at the school pick-up or don’t want to be answering emails at midnight, setting boundaries is paramount. Communicate your needs to your boss and take into account the business needs too. Let them know if you would prefer to work late one night a week to catch-up with clients or employees, or work from home one day a week to free up valuable commuting time.

Look after your health

Sleep is vital, and if you’re burning the candle at both ends, your work is eventually going to suffer. Prioritize it and make sure you have a set routine for the days you’re in work. Getting a solid 7-9 hours each night will keep you fresh, so you can function at full capacity and complete your required tasks. It’s also a great idea to plan your meals, whether you want to grab your breakfast on the way into work or prep your meals.

Best Health Mag realizes the importance of taking a lunch break and avoiding the mid-afternoon slump. It’s tempting to grab food that’s quick and easy, but putting effort into making healthier choices and getting away from your desk, will not only improve your work performance but also give you more energy.

Taking time for yourself in your lunch break is also a great way to improve your afternoon productivity. Booking a fitness class with Burn Studios is the best way to get those endorphins pumping. Whether you want to start your day with a sweat session or need to get rid of excess energy at lunchtime, you can choose from a selection of classes that will fit around your schedule, make you feel motivated and take on your day with more enthusiasm.

Work smarter

Don’t get sucked into your email inbox first thing in the morning. Making a to-do list and flagging key tasks that require immediate action will help structure your day. Meetings can take over if you’re not careful, so only attend them if they are absolutely necessary. If a meeting doesn’t have a set agenda, establish the goal and desired outcome over email first. A great reference to keep on-hand is Get Minute’s checklist, see if the meeting can be shortened in time or even be a quick email instead.

Invest time in family and friends

There’s no better way to switch off than socializing with the people you love. Plan date nights with your partner, book in that spa day and take your kids to the park. By making your personal relationships a priority, your productivity and effectiveness on the job will also increase.

About Shane Avron

Shane Avron is a freelance writer, specializing in business, general management, enterprise software, and digital technologies. In addition to Flevy, Shane's articles have appeared in Huffington Post, Forbes Magazine, among other business journals.

Complimentary Business Training Guides

Many companies develop robust strategies, but struggle with operationalizing their strategies into implementable steps. This presentation from flevy introduces 12 powerful business frameworks spanning both Strategy Development and Strategy Execution. [Learn more]   This 48-page whitepaper, authored by consultancy Envisioning, provides the frameworks, tools, and insights needed to manage serious Change—under the backdrop of the business lifecycle. These lifecycle stages are each marked by distinct attributes, challenges, and behaviors. [Learn more]
We've developed a very comprehensive collection of Strategy & Transformation PowerPoint templates for you to use in your own business presentations, spanning topics from Growth Strategy to Brand Development to Innovation to Customer Experience to Strategic Management. [Learn more]   We have compiled a collection of 10 Lean Six Sigma templates (Excel) and Operational Excellence guides (PowerPoint) by a multitude of LSS experts. These tools cover topics including 8 Disciplines (8D), 5 Why's, 7 Wastes, Value Stream Mapping (VSM), and DMAIC. [Learn more]
Recent Articles by Corporate Function






The Flevy Business Blog (https://flevy.com/blog) is a leading source of information on business strategies, business theories, and business stories. Most articles have been contributed for management consultants and industry executives with over 20 years of experience. If you would like to contribute an article, please email our editor David Tang at [email protected].

Flevy (https://flevy.com) is the marketplace for premium business documents, such as management frameworks, presentation templates, and financial models. Our documents are of the same caliber produced by top tier consulting firms, like McKinsey, Bain, Accenture, BCG, and Deloitte. Learn more about Flevy here.

Connect with Flevy:


About Flevy.com   /   Terms   /   Privacy Policy
© 2020. Flevy LLC. All Rights Reserved.