I know that striving to achieve a balance between work and life is hard. But it doesn’t have to be so difficult! There are many things you can do on your own time or with the help of others in order to find peace and joy outside of work as well as inside of it. Here are 10 secrets for achieving better work-life balance:
Plan your Day the Night Before.
Planning your day out before getting started will give you a better perspective of what needs to get done.
This helps to ensure that you are organized and know exactly what’s on your schedule. This, in turn, will give you peace of mind throughout your day, knowing that you already have a plan.
Once you have everything planned out, prioritize the activities that must be completed. Then, cross off each task as you complete it.
Prioritizing tasks is key when trying to find the balance between work and life because not only will it ensure that the most important tasks are completed, but it also gives you a sense of accomplishment.
Find an Enjoyable Hobby to do Outside of Work Hours.
Instead of spending hours each day on social media, why not find a hobby that you love to do during your leisure time?
You might take up yoga or meditation, learn guitar, or join a book club. These activities will serve as an escape from your everyday routine and bring balance to your life outside of work.
Choose one activity that you enjoy (hobbies are great), and schedule time every week (or even every day) for this pursuit. Let your managers know about your plan, so they can support you—and if needed, adjust your workload accordingly.
Take Care of Yourself by Getting Enough Rest and Exercise.
Remember what I said about getting more rest? Get at least 8 hours of sleep each night. And make sure you get quality sleep—turn off electronics before bedtime and avoid
If you are more rested and feel good about yourself, it will be easier for you to handle the stresses of your job with a smile.
Make sure you take care of yourself by having plenty of downtime, sleep, exercise, etc., This can be difficult when you’re trying to do a lot at home and work, but it’s necessary in order to maintain your health.
Eat healthily to recharge your batteries! Maintain a balanced diet that includes lots of vegetables, fruits, meats, dairy products, whole grains, and nuts. Getting enough exercise is just as important for achieving better balance—get at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity every day (i.e., walk briskly). Don’t forget to schedule regular doctor visits so you can stay up-to-date on all necessary physicals and screenings!
Spend Time with your Family.
Spend time with family in the morning by having breakfast together before they leave for school/work! It’s important not to miss out on quality time when everyone is still together in the mornings.
Get your kids dressed, make sure they have everything they need for school, prepare their lunches, etc. while enjoying each other’s company.
These are wonderful moments to bond with loved ones!
Spend Time with your Friends.
Spending time with your loved ones is so important—and it’s not just about bonding. It’s also about being happy and fulfilled, which will have a positive impact on your workday as well!
Plan time for fun outings or activities together, but don’t overdo it. Balance the time you spend alone with the time you spend together. If possible, try to go to bed at the same time every night so you are ready to start another day refreshed and energized.
Maintain friendships outside of work that contributes to your life goals instead of getting in the way of them.
Balance is key—if you don’t have it, all other components will suffer because of it. Remember to spend quality time with friends outside of work, enjoy healthy hobbies that bring you pleasure, take care of yourself mentally and physically, etc. It may take some time, but finding balance is possible!
Learn Something New Every day- Read a Book, Watch a Documentary, etc.
Do something every day that makes you feel good about yourself. It can be something simple, like reading a book during your lunch break or taking an adult education class to learn a new skill.
Life is all about learning and expanding your knowledge, so don’t limit yourself to just the information you learn at work. Learning something new every day helps keep your perspective fresh and invigorated!
Every night before bed, make a list of one thing you learned that day (the more random, the better!) and reflect on whether or not it made a difference in your life at all. If they didn’t change anything, make sure to incorporate them into your routine the following day—you never know when those seemingly useless bits of information will come in handy!
Don’t Take on Too Much Responsibility; Learn How to Say No.
It is important to set boundaries with your co-workers and managers. They should respect you for knowing your limits and not shirking your responsibilities—and the same goes for you!
If you find yourself consistently overworked, it’s time to reevaluate how much responsibility you’re taking on. Remember that saying “no” can be a good thing, especially if it means that you won’t end up working late or on weekends.—unless this is an uncommon occurrence that benefits you as well as those around you. If so, go ahead and say yes. All work and no play make Jack a dull boy after all… Don’t burn yourself out. Take breaks, even if it’s just for 5 minutes to rest your eyes or a quick walk around the office.
Maintain balance in all aspects of your life. Don’t let work dominate everything you do!
Set boundaries between your personal life and work life by not checking email on weekends or holidays. Let your coworkers know that you are taking some time away from contact so they won’t worry about you!
Be strict with yourself about checking your email on the weekends and during holidays. If you’re not required to check it, don’t do it! Let people know that they will need to contact you via phone or in person if needed.
If someone is constantly calling or texting you about little things that could easily be taken care of without any outside help, try standing up for yourself by asking them how exactly they’d like the situation handled (and then follow through with that action). Don’t let yourself be steamrolled into doing something you don’t want or need to do.
Stand up for yourself.
It can be difficult to stand up for yourself when you feel obligated to help someone out, so it’s okay if you need some time before you’re able to respond! Take a deep breath and think about what this person asks of you. If it seems relatively small, go ahead and do what needs to be done—but remember not to take on any additional responsibilities that aren’t yours!
You should also try setting some boundaries with your communication tools. For example, are you constantly bombarded at work by phone calls or text messages? Figure out how often these people contact you, then politely ask them why they need to do so. Ask what they would like you to do, and follow through with that action. This way, both of you will be happier in the long run!
Work from Home One Day a Week or Ask About Flexible Hours.
Do you work from home often? Or spend a lot of time commuting every day? If so, see if there’s any way to alter your work routine. For example, do you need to get up early in the morning to make it into the office on time? Can you start or end your day earlier or later than usual?
Many companies also offer flexible hours so that their employees can better manage their personal schedules. Ask your boss about whether they have this option—it may be just what you need!
It’s a good idea to work from home or arrive early/leave late one day a week. This is a great way to have some “me time” and avoid being stuck in rush hour! And if your boss is open to the idea, it could be a very satisfying experience for both of you—as long as you don’t let it stop you from getting your work done!
Take Your Lunch Break Outside Instead of Eating at Your Desk.
Go to a cafe and enjoy your meal out of the office! Instead of spending all your lunch break at your desk, take a walk outside! Even if it’s just to go down the street and grab a coffee from a local café, getting some fresh air will help you feel revitalized. This is especially helpful for those who spend their days in windowless or stiflingly hot rooms.
If you’re not able to leave the office entirely, try eating at a conference table with other co-workers. Sometimes changing up your routine can be enough for you to notice how stressful something has been—in this case, eating alone at your desk!
Create a list of Tasks for the Day and Prioritize them in order of Importance.
It can be tough to find time in your day for everything you need to get done. One trick is to make a list of tasks and prioritize each one in order of importance (and work backward if necessary!) For example, if one task is more pressing than another, see if there’s any way you can move up its due date or start it sooner. You’ll end up with plenty of time to complete the most important things on your list—and hopefully feel good about what you’ve finished by the day’s end!
You should also try multitasking when possible.
The human brain is an amazing thing. It’s able to process a huge amount of information every single day. However, there are limits to what it can handle at any given time. That’s why multitasking can be so helpful. When you’re juggling multiple tasks, your brain is able to block out distractions and focus on the task at hand. This can help you to get more done in less time. Of course, there are limits to how much multitasking your brain can handle. But if you’re careful not to overload yourself, you’ll be surprised at how much you can accomplish by multitasking.
If you can’t multitask, then focus.
Don’t multitask, but rather work with different projects during different times of the day. For example, if you always start your morning with email, try only checking it after lunch, so you don’t let it distract you from other tasks. And if a big project is due soon and requires all your attention, delegate any “minor” tasks like sending meetings reminders and drafting replies. You’ll be glad when you can focus on that big project without any other distractions!
Remember, it’s up to YOU to take control of your life by making decisions about how to achieve a better work-life balance! Good luck in reaching all of your goals!
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