10 Dec Five Tips For Balancing Work And Everyday Life
In today’s technologically fast-paced world, it’s easier than ever to take work home with you. From email notifications popping up on your phone, to the peer pressure that makes so many salaried employees feel like they need to regularly work more than the standard 40-hour work week—finding balance between life and work is becoming harder than ever to maintain.
The good news is, it’s not an impossible feat to overcome.
Many people who are the most successful at managing their lives, in and out of the work sphere, follow simple rules for making sure they live balanced lives. Discovering these tools to success can be a daunting task, and since we know you’re busy, we’ve done the work for you! Here are some of the best ways to optimize your time, and create balance both in and out of the office:
1. Make Time For Yourself
Balance starts with the realization that you are a valuable asset to your own success. Which means you need to take time to invest in yourself. Try to take a chunk of time, every day, to do something you love. Go on a walk, take some time to exercise, or read that book you’ve been wanting to start. These activities allow you to feel better about yourself, which can actually improve productivity in other aspects of your life (including work!), making you feel more rounded and more balanced than ever.
2. Organize And Track Your Time Commitments
With so many distractions ready and willing to draw you in, scheduling can be another very important factor to creating your work-life balance. Find a way to organize your time and productivity. This may mean buying a planner (physical or electronic – find something that works best for your lifestyle), finding an online resource that peaks your productivity or getting your goals written down firmly, with partner accountability, so that you can work smarter.
While getting organized may seem like a daunting task, we’ve compiled some of our favorite resources to help you get started!
Here are some of our favorites:
1. Get To Work Book (Paper planner)
2. Day Designer (Paper/Digital planner) – Try it out for FREE!
3. Rescuetime (Online time management and productivity analysis)
4. Asana (Website that helps to track and maximize team productivity)
3. Prioritize Your Activities
What’s your next step after organizing your schedule? Take some time to rethink what you have to do, and what you can delegate or eliminate from your schedule, altogether. While being able to “do it all” might seem like a good idea, the facts are that you’ll be more productive if you focus on the things that are really important, rather than spreading yourself thin.
Take this time to reexamine your personal habits, as well. What can you change to cut out stress and improve productivity? This is also a great time to reach out to a support system, or to build one around you, that will help you find this balance. Having people in your life that hold you accountable, and help you build toward your goals, is a great way to find your own equilibrium.
This can also be a great networking opportunity if you don’t already have a support system around you. Reach out and find people who are passionate about the same things as you; people who can mentor and share helpful tips about how to find the balance necessary to make it in your career and personal life.
Not only are mentors a great way to improve your growth, both personally and professionally, but they also bring a level of wisdom that is invaluable! Seek out mentors from people you know, or reach out on social media platforms like LinkedIn. You might be surprised how willing others are to help you achieve your goals!
4. Plan A Get-Away
After reexamining your schedule, and eliminating some time-consuming tasks, you should now have room to execute our next suggestion: take a vacation. We know that life can get hectic and fitting in time to leave your responsibilities can seem, at the very least, irresponsible, but this step will pay off big in the end.
Whether it’s a weekend road trip, or a couple of weeks to travel farther from your hometown, travel not only opens your mind, it allows you to gain perspective on a wider spectrum than you’re used to. Getting away from your day-to-day life and scenery can also inspire and relax, rejuvenating you to be more productive at work, once you return. While it might seem like a solution to spend money on objects advertised to bestow instant happiness, spending your time and money on a vacation is actually proven to produce higher levels of happiness, balance and overall satisfaction in your life.
5. Learn to Say, ‘No’
Finally, make sure that you’re prioritizing your life based off of what is truly beneficial for you. While it might be tempting to overwork and overbook in order to keep up with the fast-paced professional world around you, it’s important to remember that your agenda is just that – your own.
What you require, in order to continue being balanced and happy, may not align exactly with those around you. And that’s okay.
Reach out to those around you if you find it hard to make your voice heard amidst the buzz of life’s business. This is also a great time to utilize your support system, or to call up your mentor and ask for advice on how they would handle a similar situation. Using your resources is one of the most valuable tools you have to creating a life that’s happy and whole.
Asking yourself the simple question of, “What really matters?” can take you a long way on your journey for finding balance and fulfillment, both in your work life and beyond. While building the bridge between life and work can seem like a daunting task, we hope that you now feel better equipped to face it head-on.
Do you have another great way to find balance between your work and home life? Let us know in the comments section below.