Make Your Own Rules to Achieve Work-Life Balance
Darius Foroux follows the rules. Maybe you should too. In the ongoing quest for work-life balance, laying down some ground rules might just be the tactic that sticks for you. It's like our time in school – a few rules set up much-needed structure for success when followed. As an entrepreneur, Foroux calls them his work rules in his productivity blog. They are powerful and effective in their simplicity.
Leave on time.
"The art of working hard is knowing when to quit," Foroux writes. "You must protect yourself against too much work. And it’s straightforward. Just leave the office on time. Whether you love your job or not — it doesn’t matter. When it’s time to go home, GO! No one needs you to be at the office 24/7. Only your ego does."
You still need to work hard. But results don't turn out better because you put in 12-hour days. You need to remain sharp and focused to advance your career and achieve your goals, and everyone knows those things diminish with too much work, too much stress and not enough breaks.
Now, write this rule for yourself and follow it. Leave on time.
Don't take your work home.
"No one thinks it’s cool when you’re closing deals on the phone at dinner," Foroux says. "Look, living a happy life is very simple. It’s all within our control. We can decide what makes us happy."
In the same vein, your family is not impressed that you left work on time only to hole up in your at-home office for the rest of the night. Your friends don't see you as soooo important because you are handcuffed to your phone at all times. It's just rude. And annoying. Make sure you are doing meaningful, intense work at work, so you get it all done.
Start making your own rules today.