Five ways to achieve a healthy work-life balance

July 08, 2020

Get more out of your workday and find balance in your life with these tips from the Employee Assistance Program.

Having a good work-life balance is critical for health and well-being, but many people don’t know how to balance their work in relationship to other areas of their lives. Heightened responsibilities, increased use of new technology such as Zoom and GoToMeeting, and the needs of those you serve are just some of the things that can place demands on your work life, often leaving little time for family, friends, or yourself.

If you are working remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the line between work and home life may be further blurred.

While you can’t add hours to your day, you can control how you manage your time. Here are some time-saving tips to help restore balance in your life.

  1. Get organized. Spend five to 10 minutes at the start or end of each day organizing your work area.
  2. Prioritize your most important tasks. Create a to-do list and number your tasks in order of priority. If you need help identifying the most important items on the list, ask yourself two questions:
    • If I could complete just one activity or task today, what would it be?
    • Is this activity the best use of my time?
  3. Block out time for the things that are most important. Do this at the beginning of each day or week, then focus on one task at a time, moving from the highest priority to the lowest. This is also an effective technique for combating procrastination.
  4. Avoid interruptions. It's important to resist things that encroach on the time you’ve blocked out to focus on a task, for example, checking your e-mail every few minutes. If someone or something disrupts your time block, move the time block, and recommit to it.
  5. Learn to say no. To use your time effectively, you have to be willing to say no. This includes saying no to tasks that look interesting and may even provide a sense of achievement but do not fit with your priorities.

Resources and support for job and career issues

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP),* administered by Cigna, can help with job and career issues, including training and development, handling workplace stress or change, managing workplace conflicts, and more. Through the EAP, you can talk with an EAP advocate who will listen to your concerns and can direct you to helpful tools and resources, including seminars, e-learning, and articles on topics such as Planning for Professional Growth, Emotional Intelligence for Success, and Goal Setting for Personal and Professional Excellence, to name a few.

To get help from the EAP, call Cigna at 866-640-2772 or log on to Cigna’s website (one-time registration is required; use pcusa for Employee’s Employer ID). All EAP services are completely confidential and there’s no cost to you. Your family members and anyone who lives with you can use the EAP, too.

Learn about other no-cost services available through the EAP.

Source: mycigna.com

*The EAP is not available to members enrolled in Triple-S, GeoBlue, or the Medicare Supplement Plan.