Having it all: 10 work-life balance tips for busy singles
And that’s where we can help. EliteSingles is a dating site designed with single professionals in mind, so, more than most, we can appreciate the fine art of finding a work-life balance.
With that in mind, we’ve searched high and low to find the 10 best, practical work-life balance tips that can help you find the success you seek – in your work life and your love life.
10 of the best work-life balance tips
1. Be strict about compartmentalising your time
Rule number one of finding a work-life balance? Compartmentalise. Start by thinking about your week ahead and planning in some ‘no-work’ hours. During this time, make every effort to resist talking – and even thinking – about work. That means no checking emails, no taking calls, no chit-chat about deadlines and office politics. If you can, schedule your dates for these hours: the no-work rule will give you the space you need to focus on the romance.
2. When you’re at work, keep socialising on the backburner
The flip side of compartmentalising is that when you’re at work you need to really work. Close the messaging app that’s letting you flirt with your date online, stop checking out their Twitter, don’t Google nice date ideas until your lunch break. This may sound strict, but it’s a good way to make sure that your productivity is at its peak. And that will allow you to dismiss those pesky feelings of guilt that can surface when you follow the advice in tip 1.
3. Cut the ties to your desk – or at least make them more flexible
Another way to streamline your life is to work out what parts of your day are being eaten up by ‘dead’ time. If, for instance, your work day includes a lengthy commute, a great work-life balance tip can be to take advantage of modern tech and work from home one or two days a week. That way, rather than sitting on a train or in traffic, you’ll have a few more hours a week to work on your dating profile and prepare for your upcoming dates (or even just relax!).
4. Use technology to meet people on your schedule
Home office not an option? Start thinking about how you can fit the search for love around your existing schedule. Gone are the days when dating meant waiting for a friend to introduce you to someone new – instead, the unstoppable rise of online dating means that you can browse for a match at a time that suits you. You don’t even need to be at your desktop: download our streamlined iOS/Android dating app and you can look for a match on your commute, or while waiting for your morning coffee. Make those spare moments work for you!
5. Think about the language you use in your dating profile
If you’ve managed to carve out some time to get online and look for a partner, then make the most of it! Career-driven singles so often shoot themselves in the foot by using language like ‘I don’t have time to date’ or ‘my schedule is crazy’ – this may feel like honesty, but all it does is tell would-be suitors that they’ll never be a priority. Regardless of whether you're a busy engineer or a stressed nurse or even an exhausted pilot, don't moan about your job on your dating profile! A better approach is to tell the world (and yourself) that you’re aiming for a work-life balance: admit that you’re passionate about your job but also talk about how you like to unwind, and the things that take your mind off work.
6. Don’t think that you have to pursue every lead
You may have heard that it’s best to say yes to every opportunity, just in case. Yet, while this can work, it’s more often a recipe for stress and indecision, especially when it comes to making choices on a tight schedule. What’s more, a phenomenon called the paradox of choice says that more options lead to less satisfaction. To have more balance then, know that it's ok to say no. Rather than trying to skim-read a bunch of dating profiles, for instance, restrict yourself to just a few each days, giving yourself the time to really think about potential compatibility.
7. Lunch dates and coffee dates are your friends
Another top work-life balance tip is to break away from date nights. When your schedule is hectic, sometimes you just don’t have any more energy at the end of the day to head out for a dinner date. If that’s the case, why not suggest a lunch date? Pick the right restaurant and lunch can be just as romantic as dinner! Another great, quick option is a coffee date. Not only is it the perfect way to test out an online spark, but it’s also our members’ favourite first date option.