In today’s hectic lifestyle, all of us face days with packed schedules from morning to evening seeming to disappear into weeks and then months. The main cause of this could be family and loved ones, the same people who are the driving force in your life. This brings us to the critical question on the means of striking work- life balance. If we do not address this, the day is not too far away when you have to face burn out, physically as well as mentally.
Here, we have discussed for four important ways to achieve the proper work- life balance we all strive for. It is not rocket science, and perhaps something that you may have heard before, but this time I urge you to listen carefully with resolve.
1. Take a break – even if it’s a short one
This is one important thing that we always overlook in the maddening rush to take a break. This does not necessarily need to be a long one, even if you find 10 minutes in the day to listen to your favorite music, to take a small power nap, or to just go for a walk – it will do wonders to your productivity. It takes your mind away from the stress of work.
2. Check your to-do list
You may try your best, you may also be good at multitasking, but in the end you are not super human. Try to delegate your smaller tasks things so that you can prioritise and focus on other essential business activities. For things that can be delegated to others such as mowing the lawn, buying the groceries, or making online purchases, let others do at a small cost. With technology advancing, you can actually save a lot of time otherwise spent on running around.
3. Use your time wisely
Taking a few minutes of your day to check your social networking sites is fine, but spending hours on these sites is an absolute no. Similarly, if you have a friend that takes up too much of your time involving you in his day to day problems, try to avoid these situations – you should know when to say no, especially when things are not being completed. Perhaps sorting through invoices, or bank reconciling is the best use of your time?
4. Get some “me” time
To tackle stress and to keep fit, give about an hour daily for a morning walk, jog or yoga. This exercise will keep you active both mentally and physically. It will improve your productivity, your focus and your ability to take things as they come.
The four tips that are mentioned above are nothing new. They are merely there to remind you that you must develop a habit to find time to recharge yourself. Over time as you pick-up these habits, you will find yourself having a better work-life balance, something that even the most successful people sometimes find difficult to achieve.
About Donna Stone
Donna Stone is a published author of the very popular “Stepping Stones Series” – a trilogy of books containing over 750 business tips, available via https://donna-stone.com.au. Also a speaker and consultant in the bookkeeping industry. She won “Networker of the Year” for 2010, 2011 and 2012. Check out Money GemStones.Connect with her thru Facebook, Linkedin, Google+ and Twitter. Watch videos here.