How Can You Break Free from the 9-5 Lifestyle and achieve work life balance?

In today’s competitive world, work has become our biggest priority. To win in the workplace, we often end up neglecting other aspects of our life that are also equally important. Our relationships, health, and social life all take a backseat. This living for our work and always being ‘there’, ultimately results in burnout, loss of motivation, boredom and, if not managed timely, a multitude of health problems. So, whilst the 9-5 lifestyle provides us with our livelihood, it brings with it its own share of issues – an improper work life balance.

But, like all problems in life, this too can be managed with some planning and alternative solutions. Here are six ways which can help you break free from the 9-5 lifestyle, without affecting your work.

Take up a hobby

Whether you are working full-time, part-time or freelancing, regular scheduled breaks from work are a must. Hobbies not only help you relax, but are also creatively and emotionally satisfying. Explore available options and find an activity that can help you unwind, relax, and get back to work with a clear mind and a fresh perspective. Schedule at least 2-4 hours a week to pursue this hobby.

Plan your day

For many of us, our plan for the day revolves around our work schedules. While sometimes it is necessary – e.g. when you need to meet a deadline or have an important client meeting – it need not always be the case. Try to build in some me-time both before you start work, and after you return home. Keep this time to do things that are important to you. Getting to work on time or earlier and leaving on time will help you find this elusive me-time.

Keep your weekends free

Try to keep your weekends free from work and any work related commitments. Keep that laptop closed, take only select calls and spend time with your family and friends. This work-detox every five days will do wonders for both your health and your work.

Take a sabbatical

Some organisations offer the option of taking a break from work for a year or two after you’ve completed a certain time period with them. If you’re eligible for this facility, you can consider taking a sabbatical from work to brush up on your skills, spend time with family, or to travel the world.

Explore alternative working styles

Quite a few organisations provide an option to work from home – if not completely, then at least for a few days a month. If the daily grind of the 9-5 schedule is wearing you out, you can try the work from home option. This will not only help you gain control of your life, but will also ensure that your work is not affected.

Go freelance or start your own business

Nowadays, freelancing has become quite popular, especially for certain professions like corporate consulting, writing, editing, web designing, interior decorating, programming and coding, and administrative/secretarial services. If you’ve experience in any of these fields, you can consider working on your own time, at your own pace, and with clients of your choice. This flexibility will provide freedom from the 9-5 lifestyle and give you more time to do other things that you find interesting.

 Alternatively, if you are the enterprising type and have a strong business acumen, you can consider joining the start-up movement. There’s nothing more satisfying than building your own business and creating employment for others. Until your business idea takes off, you can support your expenses with freelance projects and assignments.

All of these options, if executed with proper planning, can effectively help you in taking a break from the 9-5 lifestyle. If you are considering working from home as an option to free yourself from the monotony of the 9-5 workday, get in touch with us to assist you in finding and exploring relevant opportunities.