It’s no secret that life gets busy sometimes. So busy, in fact, that you can easily start to feel a little frazzled. Balancing work, chores, bills, and your family life is a lot to manage, and having such a full plate can leave you feeling burnt out and stressed at the end of each day. So, it’s important that you work to maintain at least somewhat of a balance between productivity and fun, relaxing activities.
Easier said than done, right? After all, how can you be expected to relax when you have so many unfinished tasks and errands hanging over your head? Well, stress no more. I have a few tips for achieving better balance between work and life right here!
1. Identify your priorities.
One of the things that can be most challenging about trying to achieve better balance between work and life is determining what simply won’t get done on any given day. Obviously, if you’re making room for relaxation and personal time, some of your chores and work tasks will need to take the backseat — at least until tomorrow.
In order to do this successfully, you need to have a good handle on what your priorities are. A simple way to do this is to create a daily to-do list for yourself. Start at the top of your list, writing down your most pressing tasks for that day. As you move towards the bottom of the list, continue writing tasks that would be nice to get done, but don’t necessarily have to get done. Then, start your day at the top of the list and continue working towards the bottom.
You may not be able to get everything done in one day. But, by ranking your tasks in this manner, you’ll know that the things you left unfinished weren’t incredibly time sensitive.
2. Schedule personal time.
There are certain things in our planners and calendars that we’re always willing to honor. Meetings, appointments, and deadlines might come to mind. But, if we’re able to commit set timeframes to these things, why can’t we do the same with personal time?
Challenge this idea and begin physically scheduling breaks or times for relaxation. Perhaps you want to take the dog for a nice relaxing stroll every evening. Or, maybe you want to make time for that weekly yoga class or a dinner with friends. Whatever it is, put it in your planner and honor it as you would any other work-related appointment.
Sometimes you simply need to force yourself to take a break!
3. Stick to a firm “shut down” time.
It can be difficult not to bring your work home with you, especially when you’re incredibly busy! So, enforce a strict “shut down” time for yourself each night. Perhaps you’re not allowed to check emails, wipe down the kitchen, or make grocery lists after 8 p.m. each night. Those last few hours of the day are reserved for couch relaxation or quality time with your family.
Pick a time that works for you and stick with it. We all need time to relax and unwind at the end of the day, and it’s important that you’re giving yourself appropriate time to do that!
4. Stop wasting time.
Do you ever get to the end of a long day and feel like you’ve been “busy” but not “productive”? I’m willing to bet you wasted a lot of time that day.
Whether you were gossiping with a coworker or spent an hour getting lost in the abyss of Facebook or YouTube, you wasted valuable time that could’ve been spent on something constructive. Productivity is key for ensuring that you actually have time in your day to relax and do the things you enjoy. So, simply put, stop wasting your precious time!
Striving for better balance between work and your personal life is definitely admirable — but that doesn’t mean it’s easy! Put some of these tips to work, and you’ll be kicking back on the couch in no time!
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