Set up boundaries and have realistic expectations.
Work life balance is once you have developed that knowledge base and you are confident in what you do and know, then you understand your worth. At that point can you negotiate to accommodate more work life balance.
Its generally frowned upon if an Analyst 1 is talking about WLB. To employers and those potentially working around you who maybe interviewing you, it may seem like you are not up for the job, or not willing to do what it takes for the team.
Now once you add some certifications, continual education, some work experience and a track record of accolades, then it much easier to talk about how you want to balance your time. You then can be in a position to mentor, delegate, and facilitate which will allow for some balance. this will also get you to your next milestones in your career life or in your personal life.
There are no specific rules to measure one's work-life balance, but I believe below 2 factors plays a major role in impacting work-life balance.
1. Nature of job - requires frequent travelling, posting at outstations, work from home etc.
2. Working hours - shift patterns (alternating hours) or office hours
One should keep in mind of these factors when selecting a job as this could directly impact their work-life balance.
First, work life balance means a lot of things to different people and you have to define yours. Once you get that taken care of you can then proceed to map out how to achieve it including:
Odun recommends the following next steps:
Lisa recommends the following next steps:
1. Carve out time for yourself. Schedule time to exercise, spend time with friends, engage in your hobbies.
2. Set boundaries. It's okay to tell other people that you can't hang out or need a night to yourself to decompress.
3. When you step away from work or school, make sure to fully disconnect. If you find yourself checking email or IMs or picking up, then you are still working! Make sure to disconnect so you can recharge your batteries.
I think you asked a really good question. My way to balance work and personal life has been easier since I started working from home. I am able to work, go to school and enjoy a good television show all from the comfort of my own home. It does not work for everyone because some people like to be personally social. I've been able to comfortably schedule time with people whether its family or coworkers by being able to Facetime or Zoom call people and still find the same comfort as being physically around them. I found more time for myself by spending less time traveling. I have been able to go out when I want and also spend time home with myself as needed.