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Do you have work/life balance in your life?

Are you struggling to have balance in your life?

5 Work Life Balance Tips To Get You Started

It can be extremely difficult to find the balance between work and our personal lives no matter what life stage you are in. Whether you are male or female, are in a relationship or have kids or not, trying to balance our lives applies to all of us who are working full-time plus.  Expectations of us are higher than ever before and the competition for jobs and work has never been greater.

So what can we do to ensure we spend enough time on ourselves and with our loved ones and still make a career for ourselves that we are happy with?  Here are some tips that can help.

1.    Find and Nurture Me-Time Activities

In order to find time for others, you need to look after yourself.  Ideally you need to have activities that you do yourself, for yourself.  It’s only when you are happy with yourself that you can be of assistance to others.  Make sure you have hobbies or interests that make you happy and let you relax.  This can be socialising with friends, running, cycling, reading, gardening or anything that you can claim for yourself.  I am a big fan of exercise to clear the mind and help the heart, enhancing your overall mental and physical health.

2.    Time Management

Whether you are married or single, with or without kids, time management is a must.  Technology allows us to have our lists and calendars at our fingertips 24/7 – so why not use that technology to get organised and not waste time?  Don’t overschedule and put unrealistic expectations on yourself so that you are working well into every night, but at least make goals of what you want to accomplish every work day/night. You don’t need to be everyone’s hero and the one who always volunteers to do things for other people.  Look after you and your family first.

3.    Schedule Down Time

When you have a crazy schedule, make sure to schedule down time.  This can be time not only for yourself, but for time with your partner, children, family and friends.  I realise this sounds odd to some people, but at least by doing so, you ensure you can allow precious time to nurture the important relationships in your life.

4.   Drop activities that sap your time or energy/add the ones you enjoy

Many people waste their time on activities or people that add no value. Take stock of activities that don’t enhance your career or personal life, and minimise the time you spend on them.  Consider whether you can outsource any of your time-consuming household chores or errands and make time for the things that energise you and that you enjoy.

5.  Remember that a little relaxation goes a long way.

Don’t assume that you need to make big changes to bring more balance to your life.  Set realistic goals, like leaving the office earlier one night per week.

Slowly build more activities into your schedule that are important to you. Even during a hectic day, you can take 10 or 15 minutes to do something that will recharge your batteries. Take a nice long hot bath with candles, read a trashy novel, go for a walk, or listen to music. Even allowing time for social media to see what everyone is up to is acceptable as this may be your way of unwinding from the day (as long as you are not consumed by it).

At the end of the day, you have to be happy and healthy yourself before you can be of value to others, a lesson it took me a long time to learn.  Enjoy Life!

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