It’s called a work/life balance, but for most people it’s anything but. Majority of the time, work is winning. And that’s okay, at least until it takes a toll on your personal life or your social life. That’s when you realize it’s time to make some changes.
Here are 5 ways to readjust the balance and make sure you’re getting the time to dedicate to what really matters.
1. Don’t be Scared to Turn off Technology
The best way to keep your work and your home life separate is to unplug from time to time. Did you know that 3 out of 5 people spend more time with their computer than they do with their partner?
Most of us find it hard to ignore a waiting email or a social media notification. The best way to avoid temptation altogether is to just turn it off.
The higher the phone usage, the higher the stress. Even a 45 minute technology break for dinner, or switching off your phone an hour before you go to sleep can have health benefits on both body and mind.
2. When You’re at Work, Be at Work
The more productive you are during the day, the easier it will be to leave the office behind when you clock out. Try to reduce the time you spend surfing the internet or social media, and avoid the lazy lunches which so often run overtime. If you’re used to taking work home with you, consider if it can wait until tomorrow.
Author of The More of Less, Joshua Becker advises we declutter our physical and digital spaces to make it easier to concentrate. “Everything in our eyesight subtly pulls at our attention at least a little. And the more we remove, the less visual stress and distraction we experience.”
3. Make Your Home Life Easier
Too much of the time, we get home only to begin our next round of tasks. Cooking, cleaning, housework, shopping and errands. This can exhaust us before we even get a chance to ask our family how their days were. CNN reports that “domestic work can be physically demanding, monotonous and isolating” and cause strife between otherwise happy couples and housemates.
But how to lessen the load? Consider hiring extra help if possible, such as a cleaner or some childcare support. What can you order online instead of making the trip to buy in person?
If cooking and shopping are becoming a source of stress, one option which is becoming increasingly popular is meal delivery plans, such as BistroMD or Blue Apron. These allow dinner to be taken care of as little or as often as you need, including the planning, shopping and prep work of making the evening meal. Simply walk in, pour yourself a glass of wine, heat the meal and enjoy.
4. Make a Schedule
It’s okay to admit that you’re actually very busy, but sometimes we don’t know how full our plates actually are. So make a schedule and write down every obligation you have, big or small.
See how busy you are and, as difficult as it may be, learn to say no when possible. Tell your great-aunt that she needs to ask her own kid to come and fix the radio. Let an old friend know that you won’t make their (dreaded) birthday party, but you’d love to meet for coffee when things settle down.
Draw up to-do lists with categories for essential arrangements, things you would like to do if you have the time and headspace, and items which you need to remove from the agenda altogether.
It can be really helpful to keep a log of what is sapping your time and energy for a couple of weeks. You may be surprised by the results.
5. Make Sure to Grab Some ‘Me Time’
It can often feel like doing what makes you happy is selfish or even a waste of time. But you couldn’t be more wrong. Psychologists have proven that ‘me time’ aids in problem solving, improves concentration, helps us unwind and makes us more productive. In short, it will make you better at your job, and happier to be around.
Taking the time to unwind can look different depending on what kind of person you are. some recharge with a long bath or a good book, while others manage by going out dancing or doing an extreme sport. As long as you’re doing something entirely for yourself, it’s perfect.
If you feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day, don’t worry. Quality ‘me time’ is more important than quantity, so take what you can get. The main thing is to remember not to feel guilty about it. Your alone time is making you better at both your job and your personal life. Embrace it.
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