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Balancing Act: How Prioritising Non-Work Activities Can Boost Productivity and Happiness

Balancing Act: How Prioritising Non-Work Activities Can Boost Productivity and Happiness

In today's fast-paced world, achieving work-life balance has become increasingly challenging. The demands of work, family, and personal responsibilities can often feel overwhelming, leaving us feeling stressed, exhausted, and burnt out. However, maintaining a healthy work-life balance is essential for our physical and mental well-being, as well as our overall happiness and productivity. In this blog, we'll explore why work-life balance is so important, and how you can achieve it.

What is Work-Life Balance?

Work-life balance refers to the balance between work and personal life. It involves prioritising and managing the demands of work, family, and personal responsibilities in a way that promotes well-being, happiness, and productivity. Achieving work-life balance means finding a line between work and non-work activities, allowing you to meet your obligations without compromising your health, relationships, or personal interests

Why is Work-Life Balance Important?

Work-life balance is essential for several reasons:

  1. Physical and Mental Health: Overworking can lead to burnout, stress, and various health problems, including heart disease, high blood pressure, and depression. On the other hand, taking time off work and engaging in leisure activities can help reduce stress, promote mental well-being, and improve overall health.
  2. Productivity: Maintaining a healthy work-life balance can actually improve productivity. When you have time for relaxation and leisure, you return to work more energised, focused, and motivated. Moreover, having a balanced life reduces the likelihood of burnout and exhaustion, which can negatively impact performance.
  3. Relationships: Work-life balance is crucial for maintaining healthy relationships. Neglecting personal relationships due to work can strain relationships and negatively impact family and social life.

How to Achieve Work-Life Balance?

Here are some tips for achieving a healthy work-life balance:

  1. Set Boundaries: Set clear boundaries between work and personal life. Avoid checking emails or taking work calls outside of work hours.
  2. Prioritise: Identify your top priorities and allocate time accordingly. Prioritise activities that are important to you, such as spending time with family, engaging in hobbies, or pursuing personal interests.
  3. Schedule Time for Relaxation: Make sure to schedule time for relaxation and self-care. Engage in activities that promote relaxation, such as yoga, meditation, or reading.
  4. Delegate: Learn to delegate tasks at work and at home. Delegation allows you to free up time and focus on activities that are more important or fulfilling.
  5. Unplug: Disconnect from technology and social media when you're not working. This allows you to be present in the moment and fully engage in non-work activities.

It isn’t always easy to put it into practise …

As Co-Founder and Head of SA Contact Centre Operations for DITO Business Solutions, Liam Hayes knows it isn’t always easy to master the work-life balance. He said;

“Being a dad to a young child whilst running a thriving business … it’s not easy to get it right! There have been times when I’ve missed key parts of my daughter’s development and times when I am burnt out through working so hard, but I am lucky I live in amazing surroundings, so when I can find evenings to get some fresh air with my family or hit some balls on the golf course to let out some steam - it makes all the difference to my mental well-being and my performance in the office!”


In conclusion, maintaining a healthy work-life balance is essential for our physical and mental well-being, productivity, and overall happiness. By setting boundaries, prioritising, scheduling time for relaxation, delegating, and unplugging, we can achieve a healthy work-life balance and enjoy a more fulfilling and meaningful life.


Louise Moye