“Feel better, work better.” — Lailah Gifty Akita, Think Great: Be Great!
Living a balanced life is key, for it helps us keep our sanity. All work and no play can lead to feeling stressed out, tired and unmotivated, but it may seem impossible to juggle everything you need to do. There are some things to consider when trying to balance your work and personal life. People are much more productive and do a better job when they feel good. Feeling good is a direct result of having enough time for your work, your family, your friends and yourself.
“You will never feel truly satisfied by work until you are satisfied by life.” — Heather Schuck, The Working Mom Manifesto
Schedule downtime into your calendar. Free time slips away because it is not written down in your agenda and therefore never gets added into the day. Figure out time to do something for yourself. Some people prefer getting a head start on the day by waking up early. Taking the time to go for a walk or having a relaxing breakfast with your family is a great way to start the day. Doing activities with friends and family helps us recharge our batteries.
“You don’t have to make yourself miserable to be successful. It’s natural to look back and mythologize the long nights and manic moments of genius, but success isn’t about working hard, it’s about working smart.” — Andrew Wilkinson
The amount of you put in at work means nothing if you are not focusing on things that are valuable and relevant to your objective. Prioritize what needs to get done. Make a list of things you want to accomplish each week to help keep you on task. Don’t spend all day answering emails, instead decide on certain times of the day to check your in-box. Plan to do like tasks together to be more efficient. You should also make a list of goals for work and also one for your personal life. Hanging these types of lists in your work space ensures that you will look at them and reflect on them daily. Weekly goals that help you focus on yourself can be things like calling certain friends or family members once a week, sitting in silence 10 minutes a day or reading magazines and books. People are more successful at reaching their goals when they actually write them down.
Another way some people are able to work smart is by working from home a couple of days a week. Successful companies realize that being flexible can benefit the company in the long run. Employees gaining their commute time allows for some extra free time every week to unwind.
“Take care of yourself: When you don’t sleep, eat crap, don’t exercise, and are living off adrenaline for too long, your performance suffers. Your decisions suffer. Your company suffers. Love those close to you: Failure of your company is not failure in life. Failure in your relationship is.” — Ev Williams, co-founder of Mediumand Twitter
Research shows that exercise helps you to be more alert. Taking the time to clear your head is vital and one of the best times to do this is while working-out. You can also take the time to plan your week and think through some personal or work issues. Sticking to a sleep schedule is also crucial. A healthy sleep routine can help you feel less fatigue and frustration throughout the day. Fueling your body with healthy foods will energize you instead of making you feel sluggish.
“Don’t confuse having a career with having a life.” — Hillary Clinton
In the end, it all comes down to figuring out what is best for you. Do things that make you happy. Strive to ignite your inner joy! Set up some rules and adhere to them. Don’t feel guilty for putting yourself first. In the long run, everyone wins when you are the best you can be.
Living a balanced life is key, for it helps us keep our sanity.
But it may seem impossible to juggle everything you need to do. There are some things to consider when trying to balance your work and personal life. Some people prefer getting a head start on the day by waking up early.
Make a list of things you want to accomplish each week to help keep you on task.
Employees gaining their commute time allows for some extra free time every week to unwind.
A healthy sleep routine can help you feel less fatigue and frustration throughout the day.
Fueling your body with healthy foods will energize you instead of making you feel sluggish.
Strive to ignite your inner joy!
Set up some rules and adhere to them.
Top 5 Tips for a Better Work-Life Balance
- Decide what your needs are. Then be open about them with your supervisor and co-workers.
- Don’t waste time, prioritize!
- Set up and adhere to specific boundaries.
- Schedule in downtime
- Take the time to reflect on your needs and how you feel. Self-awareness is vital.