3 Tips to Improve Your Work-Life Balance
Wake up well-rested on Monday at 5:00 in the morning. Go for a run. Eat a healthy breakfast. Shower. Spend an hour getting ready for work. Walk out the door by 8:00.
Work with positivity and productive energy until 12:30. Eat the salad and fruit you prepped on Sunday for the week. Finish the day strong at 5:30.
Come home. Cook dinner and spend time with the family. Get into bed with a good book by 9:00. Fall asleep by 10:30. Repeat through Friday. Go to your son’s baseball doubleheader with your spouse on Saturday. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon on Sunday. Do all of this flawlessly for a month.
Wake up on Monday at 6:00 in the morning. Debate whether to cut the run short or skip breakfast because you slept late. Go for a run. Take a quick shower. Sprint through the rest of your morning routine to get out the door by 8:15.
Notice your boss check his watch as you sit down at your desk. Use that non-verbal warning to find the energy to do your job well until lunch. You forgot to pack one, so go to the vending machine for a candy bar and some caffeine. Work until you crash at 3:30. Grab a coffee from the break room. Finish work at 5:30 and finally head for the door. Your immediate supervisor catches you. “Can you stay late to help with another project?” You agree to stay late, the perpetual team player.
Too tired to cook dinner. Order out for pizza. Watch TV until you pass out at 10:00. Struggle to regain your footing the rest of the week. Realize you have a project due Monday that you forgot to start because the week has been so hectic. Miss your daughter’s piano recital on Saturday. Spend Sunday finishing the project.
Alternate between these two states of being for the rest of the year.
If this sounds like your life, you need to improve your work-life balance. Here are three tips that could help.
Know That There Is No Such Thing as Perfection
The first step you need to take when improving your work-life balance is to understand that perfection isn’t possible. You might not be able to spend time on hobbies such as running every day. Sometimes work will take up more of your time. Some days you’ll feel like you have an abundance of free time. The key is remaining open to assessing the situation each day to find balance.
Ask Yourself: “Do I like my job?”
If you don’t enjoy what you do for a living, happiness will be hard to come by. To improve work-life balance, you don’t necessarily need to enjoy every aspect of work, but it needs to be challenging and exciting. If you dread getting out of bed in the morning, it’s time to find a new job.
Make Time for Yourself to Improve Your Work-Life Balance
Work is important, but it shouldn’t take up your whole life. Even if your job challenges and excites you, it might not fulfill every emotional and physical need that you have. Whether you need more time with friends and family, more time for your hobbies, or more time for relaxation, you need to take deliberate action and mark those activities in your schedule. If that means not volunteering to help with a new project, then so be it.
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