Work-Life Balance Tips

June 9, 2011 | Health & Wellness

Thomas Merton, at one time, once said; “Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order and harmony”.

A lot of people tend to ignore little things when they’re trying to beat the clock. They wake up early in the morning, go to the shower and off they go – skipping breakfast while members of their family are still in their beds. They complain frequently about having no time to spend with their family. You might even be one of these busy people.

If you do, you might consider these tips to manage work-life balance.

1.    Scheduling or time management. Plan your activities for the week but be sure you also schedule a time for your family and friends; activities that you think might help you to refresh from all the stressful works. Give more value to what is being scheduled in your calendar, look forward to it and manage your time to prevent cancellation.

2.    Keep moving. As a workaholic person, it is so hard to find time to exercise especially if you have a host of activities in your schedule. Constantly moving while you are at work will help you boost your energy levels. According to the research, exercise helps you become more alert and enhance your ability to concentrate at work. A lot of people feel drowsy at work if they don’t move around and just focus solely in meeting deadlines.

3.    Leave the work which depletes your energy and time. If you think it is not helping you to work with your co-workers who always spend time in gossiping, leave your work early so you can find time to make your personal appointment such as paying your bills, checking your bank account, etc. Otherwise, we become less efficient unknowingly even if we are still in our work place.

4.    Think of what causes you to be stressed and make the most out of it. Is it your time-consuming household chores? your bills? or your works? Why don’t you practice trading services with your friends?  If you love gardening you can exchange services with your laundry or babysitting service. Or, if you love cooking, you can prepare meals for your friends who do your tedious gift wrapping tasks. So even if you have a tight budget, you can still save you money and time while enjoying doing the things you love to do.

5.    Find time to relax. It’s not just making the best that changes everything nor doing all the tasks  no matter what. It is a matter of goal setting. Gradually build some time for yourself with more relaxing activities included in your schedule. Spend half an hour or so on your hobby once a week or go to some holiday destination with your family and friends.

Psychologists suggest that even in a hectic schedule, you need to take at least a little time to relax in order to balance everything. Do your hobbies like listening to favorite music, reading books or a brisk walk for 10 to 15 minutes in order to refresh your mind and stir up your senses before going back to work.

Quote on Work-Life Balance:

“Women in particular need to keep an eye on their physical and mental health, because if we’re scurrying to and from appointments and errands, we don’t have a lot of time to take care of ourselves. We need to do a better job of putting ourselves higher on our own ‘to-do’ list.” Michelle Obama

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