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Approaching a fine Work Life Balance in Oil and Gas Industry

There is a profound difference between working to live and living to work. Where do we draw the line? Sometimes, people even wonder if “work life balance” exists at all. Hard work and a fulfilled family life – can we have it all? 

Even in the best of job circumstances, achieving a decent work balance is difficult at times. If we talk about the oil and gas industry, which is highly non-traditional in nature, finding time and space for people you love can be more difficult. An EY poll of US consumers and oil and gas executives reveals that 49% of oil and gas millennials place it among their top three career considerations. Further, executives seem to recognize the industry’s weakness in work-life balance; only 10% said it is a strength of the industry.

“Young people most desire salary, good work life balance, and job stability. In executives’ eyes, only one of those is a strength of the industry — salary.”

Source: EY

This is not a complete picture depending upon the limited number of participants in the poll. But it does establish an important concern – limited work life balance in the oil and gas industry. 

How to achieve work life balance in the industry? 

Finding a fine work life balance is like a work of art. You cannot have it in one day. It takes investment and efforts. Firstly, you identify the imbalance in your personal and professional life and then you begin to work towards finding the balance. Also you cannot expect to have work life balance every day. The idea is to create a balance which seems manageable over a course of time. There will be days when you would start at 5 am in the morning and finish your day at midnight. Here are a few simple steps that can help you through the tough and hectic work schedule. 

Take Small Steps

Small steps turn into milestones.

 

Small changes in daily habits go a long way in helping us become stress free and more positive at work. By the end of your day, you might not have enough time and energy for an hour’s workout or yoga session. How about taking small walks and drinking a glass of water every hour? If you add everything up, at the end of the day, you would have walked for 20-22 minutes and drank enough water. These are the micro actions that fit in well in your work schedule and will keep you active and positive.

Draw the Line

Define your personal space.

For a peaceful and fulfilling life, it is important to set boundaries – not only in professional space but also the personal space. Boundaries can be physical or emotional. For instance, if you are not comfortable with after work get togethers or hangouts, you can be candid about it and draw the line there. You need not participate in things that do not make you happy. Instead, you can spend your time in solitude and do something that makes you happy – listen to music, work out, walk, or go out with family. 

One at a Time 

Take one step at a time.

Our life is divided into numerous aspects. Family, relationship, work, hobbies, friends, food,  culture, entertainment, solitude, and the list is endless. If you try to take care of all at once, things would get out of control. There would be no productive result and it will only make you unhappy. You can consider how much time you want to spend on each of these aspects and set some different goals for them. Address one area of your life at a time, rest will fall in place. 

Leave out Mindless Tasks 

Focus on being productive, not busy.

If we think about it, are we always busy? So many times during a day, we are trapped in mindlessly scrolling Facebook or Instagram. Sometimes, an hour goes by and we do not realise the time and energy spent in these things. Instead of non productive and mindless tasks, there can be some catching up with a friend or a simple short break or meditation. The idea is to find the right balance while being productive rather than just being ‘busy’. 

Build Rituals  

Make time for family.

Good relationships are the foundation of good health, happiness, and success. But there are times when our relationships take a back seat due to increasing workload or work related stress. To find your way through all the hustle and hectic schedule, you can build in ways to connect with your family and friends. Rituals like getting on video calls with your kids when you miss them or texting your partner during a lunch break.

A Fine Balance

Balancing is an art. Create your own masterpiece.

There is no ideal or perfect work life balance and differs from person to person. Small steps taken every day can help you get through strenuous stretches at work. Make some room for yourself and those who matter. Life is simple, we complicate it by not taking care of ourselves. 

“We think, mistakenly, that success is the result of the amount of time we put in at work, instead of the quality of time we put in.”

(The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Energy Dais.)

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Garima Gayatri

Editor

With a background in English Literature and a diverse experience in writing and editing, Garima now focuses her creative energy in the energy sector. She believes that the world needs to be more aware of the myriad shades of the energy landscape. Being extremely passionate about people in this industry, Garima currently engages in bringing out real stories to inspire hope and change.

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Garima Gayatri

Editor

With a background in English Literature and a diverse experience in writing and editing, Garima now focuses her creative energy in the energy sector. She believes that the world needs to be more aware of the myriad shades of the energy landscape. Being extremely passionate about people in this industry, Garima currently engages in bringing out real stories to inspire hope and change.





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