Tuesday Tip #14: 5 Tips To Balance Your Work And Life
Work and life. A constant struggle and balancing act that most professionals contend with daily. Are you the one at the office when your family is at the beach? Or maybe you’re always saying no to happy hour with friends because you just have to finish editing. Whatever the case might be, if you’re dedicated to your work, it’s sometimes tough to feel balanced in both aspects of your overall existence.
We know it’s hard and we’re totally guilty of overworking and underplaying. However, we truly believe in the value of relationships and family ... and know how precious our time really is. We’ve restructured our way of life to ensure we have a work-life balance.
Here are five super easy tips that anyone can incorporate into their daily routine starting today!
1. Stop and smell the roses.
Dedicate distraction-free time for meal or coffee breaks. Walk away from your computer. Engage with other humans. Take a walk outside. Try to stay off your phone as it has a way of sucking you in. Truly unplug for at least 20 minutes. Clear your head.
2. Punch out.
Take at least one day off per week that allows you to spend time with friends and family. At the very least, if you can’t take an entire day off, schedule any work for first thing in the morning so you’re done by noon and can enjoy the rest of the day without work hanging over your head.
3. Take care of yourself.
Remember the saying, “You can’t pour from an empty cup.” Whether it’s a yoga session, massage, pedicure … whatever makes you unplug and rejuvenate … it will be a well-deserved gift to yourself.
4. Seriously, think about it.
Meditate on WHY you're working as much as you are. Are you trying to create a better life for your children? Do you have a financial goal in mind for yourself? Whatever the case may be, remember that you’re living your life right now. Time is ticking by whether you’re working or not. Don’t live to work. Work to live. Enjoy today and enjoy the precious moments that are right in front of you. Goals are so important but don’t lose sight of your true priorities in life.
5. Do nothing.
Per Winnie the Pooh, “Sometimes nothing leads to a whole lot of something.” If you’re job involves creativity, you can’t force yourself to come up with fresh and interesting ideas. It’s something that either comes to you or it doesn’t. In fact, if you’re tired or just simply tapped out, that creative block just gets worse and worse. Free your brain. Do absolutely nothing for a bit. Nothing can be remarkably rewarding, believe it or not.
Bottom line: you weren’t put on this Earth to work yourself to death. You have value and life is worth enjoying. Don’t lose sight of that. Don’t compromise your goals. Don’t compromise your quality of life and relationships.
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