Find balance in your life and be happier and more successful!
Whether you are in love with your job and your carrier, or you have to work long hours, in order to keep your job, or you may even have two jobs, in order to make ends meet, one thing is sure. Your work sucks up all your energy and most of your time, leaving your personal life behind. You feel like you don’t have enough time for you or for your family. Well, it’s about time you changed that! You need to find a good balance between your work and your personal life and you need to take better advantage of your free time, or you will have to deal with depression and a possible burnout. Here are some useful tips that can practically save your life!
1. Unplug from work
Easier said than done, but it’s very important to be able to focus on your personal life, when you are not working. So, stop checking your emails every couple of minutes. Silence your smartphone or hide it away, if your job doesn’t demand of you to be available 24/7 – and most of the times it doesn’t. Set rules for yourself and your family. Schedule certain times when smartphones, tablets, laptops go away. Also, stop talking about work all the time. If you need to share your workday with your friends or your family, keep it short. Change the subject the soonest possible. Focus on other subjects. If you keep on thinking about work, then you end up losing even the little personal time you may have. Make the most of your personal time. Be there, be focused!
2. Organize your errands or your chores better
Think of ways that can save you time, especially when your free time is limited due to long hours at work. Have your dry-cleaned clothes or your groceries delivered. Buy things on line and have them delivered at home or at work. Pay bills on line.
3. Reevaluate your activities
Take a step back and think of all the things you do on your free time. Cancel all activities that consume your energy and your time and give you nothing in return. Learn to say “no”. You don’t have to accept every invitation, set your priorities. You should also reevaluate the time you spend at your work. Is it time well spent, is your job schedule well organized? You may find out that you can actually leave work earlier, if you focus on how to be more productive and get things done faster. So, think of how you can find more free time for you in your life. You are your number one priority.
4. Plan something fun or relaxing
We often are so caught up in our busy schedule that we forget to have fun. So, make sure to plan something you enjoy at least once a week. It may be something that you share with your family or with your friends, or it may be some alone time. Whatever may help you to relax and to have fun. Make sure not to cancel. Consider it to be of the same importance as your work. After all, you can be more productive and successful at your work, if your mind and your body are healthy.
5. Stop feeling guilty
Guilt is our number one enemy. You cannot enjoy anything if you are feeling guilty about not working more, about not being able to spend more time with your family, about your house not being so clean, about….about…. Well, stop feeling guilty! Make peace with yourself and with the idea that you can do only so much. No one can have it all and no one can manage to do everything perfect. There is no perfect! So, manage your time smart and accept the fact that some things will not get done. Set your priorities and cut yourself some slack. You are only human!
6. Ask for help
You are not alone on this planet, so look around you and see how other people can help you. It’s ok to ask for help, it doesn’t mean that you have failed. So, if you are having a hard time at finishing a project at work, think who can help you. Share some of your errands or your chores with your family or your friends. Or hire a professional to help you. For instance, if you are too busy this month and you have to work late, hire someone to clean your house. It’s always good to have someone you can count on when you need help, whether it’s family or friends. Of course, make no mistake; you have to be there when they need you, as well.
Finding a good balance between your work and your personal life will reduce your stress levels and it will help you be happier.
How do you manage your work and your personal life?