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Achieving Work Life Balance

By Samuel Adebara on July 5th, 2021

Work-life balance is a term that may be abstract in practicality to a lot of employees and even some employers. Among teachers, statistics show that 74% of them suffer an inability to switch off from work which is the major contributing factor to a negative work-life balance.

A typical day in a teacher’s life involves doing 20% of their work before school, after 6pm or on weekends. Teachers take work home as do a lot of other employees, and with the pandemic resulting in a shift to more remote jobs, it has become harder to find a balance.

A lack of balance can put an avoidable strain on your health, relationships, outlook and output. This just goes to show that while work is important it is expedient that it does not put unnecessary pressure on the rest of your life. Here are a few techniques to begin the journey to achieving a balance between work and life.

  • Firstly, take charge of your day and determine what balance would mean and look like to you, as it differs from person to person.
  • Shelve the need to be perfect or you will burnout. The goal is to work smarter and more productively not harder.
  • Unplug from the world. Reduce your level of accessibility as often as possible and live in the moment. Take breaks and celebrate your small and big wins.
  • Exercise your mind and body. It helps you relax and focus for better output.
  • Be deliberate about the people and activities you spend time on and make the time spent productive and memorable.
  • Set healthy and clear boundaries for yourself, the people around you and your jobs.
  • Delegate, ask for help or outsource everything you can so that you can focus on the people and things that especially need your attention.
  • Find a hobby and make friends that you can spend your leisure with.
  • Create a plan or a schedule for your activities. This way you know what you need to do per time and can thus work quicker and more efficiently.
  • Start small. Do not take on so much too soon. Achieving work-life balance is important but even rushing that can lead to burn out so pace yourself.
  • Rest. Sleep is an important part of your day and has an impact on how well you perform physically and mentally.


A quote from the 2020 season of Emily in Paris summarizes this quite well, “here, we work to live not live to work”. You cannot do a good job if all you do is your job. Balance is a must in everything you do, especially in work and life since these two take up most of your time. Either run the day or the day will run you.

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