Do you always feel like there just aren’t enough hours in the day? Do you feel like you’re constantly pulled in every direction, running a mile a minute, but never really finishing what you set out to accomplish? Can you even remember the last time you took some time for yourself?
If you’re like most Americans, this probably sounds familiar. In today’s day in age, we are overcommitting, over working and putting tons of pressure on ourselves to be the best at everything. The best mom, the best employee, the best wife, the best friend…
The important thing to remember is, if you don’t take time for yourself, it’s hard to give 100% to all other aspects of your life, and in turn, you might feel like you’re failing at it all.
It all starts with self-care. By taking a few minutes each day to do something for yourself, either exercise, meditation or a hobby you love, you are recharging your body and mind and giving yourself the boost you need to have the mental capacity and energy to take on the rest of the tasks for the day.
You may feel like even taking 20 minutes out of your daily routine to devote to self-care is wasted time you just can’t get back. However, if you look at it as the tool you need to be able to respond to the rest of your duties more efficiently, you’re actually going to be working smarter, not harder.
Here’s a reminder of some easy work-life balance tips you can incorporate into your daily routine both at work and at home. They may seem obvious, but when you’re juggling a job, housework and family, it’s easy to lose sight of the basics of time management.
Work-Life Balance Tips for at Home
1. Don’t over commit.
It’s ok to say no and it’s ok to ask for help. You don’t need to do it all. Have the family help.
Assign small jobs or chores to the kids to have them help with daily tasks and take some of the workload off of you. Dividing the household chores among the family will help get each task accomplished and done quicker.
Saying no to commitments not only takes stress and pressure off of you, but it actually takes stress off the host or person asking rather than you canceling last minute.
2. Plan ahead as much as possible.
Mapping out your week before it starts can really help you avoid unnecessary stress later on. By organizing your week ahead of time with a calendar or planner, you’re mentally preparing for the tasks and events that are approaching. This means you give yourself the foresight to organize the rest of your life accordingly. You’ll see which evenings are your busiest and know to prep a meal for those nights, or to delegate tasks if your plate is looking too full.
Just as you would at work, be sure to set realistic goals for yourself with housework.Don’t worry if some things don’t get done as planned. There is always tomorrow when it comes to chores!
3. Make time for yourself.
Self-care is key even if it’s just 20 to 30 minutes a day. Take a bubble bath, read a book, spend time doing your favorite hobby, or just take a nap. Plan a romantic date night with your significant other, even if you keep it as simple as a picnic in your living room. If DIY is your thing, here are three projects to try that will keep your hands busy and your mind relaxed:
That small amount of down time or “me time” will help you reboot and make you happier, calmer and less anxious. You’ll be a better spouse, parent and employee for it. Self-pampering is essential to mental health!
Did you know Americans spend almost 5 hours a day on their phones? Simply keeping your phone in the other room when you are home will help you to not be distracted by the alerts and pop-ups and better focus on the moment. Being more present and focusing 100% on whatever you are doing at that moment helps build strong bonds with the people around you and helps you genuinely live and enjoy the moment.
Work-Life Balance Tips for Your Job
1. Use your vacation days and lunch breaks.
It’s ironic that we accept job offers based on benefits, including the number of vacation days allotted; however, you’d be shocked at how many of those days go unused! According to a recent survey conducted by the Washington, D.C.-based initiative Project: Time Off, 662 million earned vacation days were wasted by Americans last year.
Your company gives you that time off for a reason. Employees come back from vacation with a stronger moral, higher productivity and significant health benefits, similar to the results of meditation. So use those vacation days people.You’ll be doing yourself and your employer a favor.
2. Understand what is expected of you.
You obviously know the job you were hired to do. But as requirements at work tend to change slightly based on different situations, your idea of what you need to do may be different than what your boss’s idea of what they want from you is. Don’t be scared to ask.
Ask for details. A detailed explanation and timeline of what is expected of you will help you finish the task quicker and not spend too much time on unnecessary things.
3. Set attainable daily goals for yourself.
How good does it feel to make a checklist and cross off each item as you finish? Set goals that you know you can actually get done in a day and make a list.
Make the goals specific. Rather than writing down “finish interior design project,” break it down into tasks by order of importance. For example, “call client to go over kitchen cabinet design options, order fabric swatches for couch,” etc.
What work-life balance tips work for you? Please share with us in the comments below! Your tip may help another reader find their work-life balance.
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