4 Ways to a More Balanced Life
Okay, I'll admit it....finding that satisfactory balance between work and life is still a big challenge for me.
Having so much to do in so little time definitely contributes to overwhelming and a sometimes stressful lifestyle.
But it appears that I’m in good company! Women are making their mark in big waves in the world, and are becoming savvier at learning the secrets to a more balanced life. In fact, in a survey done by Real Simple Magazine, over 68% of women said that their jobs rarely or never interfere with their personal endeavors because employers are adopting policies that cater more to the needs of their employees (flexible work scheduling as an example).
If you're anything like me and still struggling with balance, here are a few things to keep in mind:
· Let go of fear- Some of us feel that if we’re not working every waking moment of the day that something will fall through the cracks and it’s simply not true. Any meaningful productivity and accomplishments you have on your plate are all for not if you’re not in optimal shape and health to handle them. I'm learning that if I take care of myself first the rest falls into place.
· Schedule your work and your life: Just as you set time to work, be just as intentional at scheduling time for the activities you enjoy. You can recharge and add value to your life through simple activities such as daily exercise or a weekly date or social activity with family or friends. And don’t forget to take vacation, that’s what it’s there for. By creating more personal enjoyment, you will have something to look forward to and that will motivate you to manage your time at work as well.
- Set Boundaries: It’s ok to say NO sometimes. I struggle with this one all the time. After hours calls and emails can wait until tomorrow (note to self!). If you make yourself available at all times, you are setting an unfavorable precedent that will cause stress and anxiety on your end.
- Check Out: We’ve become creatures of technological habit. Between smartphones, PDA’s and tablets we are constantly bombarded with communication on a daily basis. You’d be amazed at how much you can get done if you simply turned these things off. I've got more tips on that here!
A major part of achieving balance is knowing when to separate work and life, take time for yourself and let voicemail do all of the work for you.
I hope these tips are as helpful to you as they are to me. Cheers to more fun and productivity!