Work-life balance is about achieving peace of mind in all aspects of your life

Work-life balance is not about rearranging your life to free up a few hours so that you can achieve the impossible task of making everyone happy.

The lesson behind work-life balance is to do better than you did before and not strive to be such a perfectionist

If you barely visit the gym or get to see your children because your shift lasts 12 hours, you won’t manage to change all that in one night. By just assuming you will be able to do those things, you are setting the stage for failure as you watch that list of things you want to do pile up.

But giving up or not trying is not the answer, too. Try these three things instead to stop being a perfectionist and do better.

1. Identify what you want to achieve in all aspects of your life

You don’t want to get overwhelmed, but to have peace of mind instead. Don’t obsess over how you allocate the hours you spend in a day. True work-life balance is about achieving your goals by associating what you want to achieve with certain times in the day; like a prescription. For example, find a way to free up fives hours to go to the gym and work on your fitness if that is what you want.

2. Review how you have spent your time each week

If you find yourself wishing you had more time during the day, try utilizing the time that you have in a better way. Is there something in your schedule that is not helping you achieve your goals? It might be time to get rid of it. It is more than okay to get rid of something in your life that doesn’t contribute to you living your life effectively. Start by asking yourself what that thing could be.

3. Make the people in your life aware of your plans

Don’t be a lone wolf; rely on the strength of the pack. Tell people in your life that you are committing yourself to a project, and then show them your plans.

Instead of displaying your commitment to the people in your life, can you imagine a better way to make yourself irreplaceable at home or work?

You won’t know until you try. You may be able to kill two birds with one stone when you let people in on what you are planning to do. If your spouse knows what you are doing, you can plan around that and make it work together. You can even get a day off from work if your manager sees that you’re being more efficient than before.