Five work-life balance tips for Baby Boomers
Between the late 1940's and mid 1960's, there were over four thousand people born each year in Canada — hence the term “Baby Boomer.” As a member of this generation, you might be thinking of working past what your parents considered retirement age. If so, you’re not alone: An increasing number of Baby Boomers are working well past their 65th birthday, either for financial reasons or simply because they enjoy their professional lives. Yet working longer doesn’t mean you shouldn't aspire to have a healthy work-life balance. Keep the following tips in mind to strike a good balance between your professional and personal life.
- Look after your health. This is a prerequisite for a good work-life balance. After all, as we age, we become more vulnerable to health problems ranging from heart problems to hearing loss. That’s why you should eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly, stick to any treatment you have and make sure to address any new health issues in a timely manner.
- Ask your boss about flexible work arrangements. Whether it’s full- or part-time telecommuting or setting a schedule with flexible hours, not having to be in the office from 9 to 5 can go a long way to giving you a better work-life balance. Note that you’ll need self-discipline to ensure you meet your work obligations and if you opt to work remotely, you’ll need the right technological tools. In addition, as Kerry Hannon points out in her AARP article titled “Is Teleworking Right for You?” it can be helpful to attend important work events such as project launches and co-workers’ celebrations. That way, you’ll still stay in touch with your colleagues and not become isolated.
- Use technology to your advantage. Nowadays, there are numerous apps that can help you organize your day and streamline your workflow. Use these to your advantage, as they can help you save time and make you more productive during your working hours — freeing up more time to do things you enjoy.
- Stay engaged at work. Enjoying what you do goes a long way to keeping your stress levels low. Maximize your enjoyment of your job by taking on interesting projects that challenge you in a good way. It can also be helpful to keep learning, since developing your skills can help you remain engaged.
- Take time to relax. No matter how much you like your job, you need to take time for yourself. Whether it’s playing golf, spending time with your grandchildren or just reading a book, make time every week to do the things you enjoy doing.
Working past retirement age can be both challenging and rewarding. And with these five tips in mind, you’ll be better equipped to stay professionally active while keeping yourself healthy and happy.