Better Work-Life Balance … six tips!

Work Life BalanceRaven Ishak wrote a blog post entitled, 6 Tips To Have A Better Work-Life Balance. She realized that the academic part of her education was important, wished she had taken a course with a title like, “Knowing How To Keep Sane After College 101.” She realized and concluded that focusing on what’s important and not wasting time usually does helps, but there must be other ways to feel more in control of her life.

Her goal was to be successful without having to stress out 24/7 because of guilt or fatigue. Raven’s research, led to a few tips that resonated with her. You can read the original blog post here.

  1. Work Smarter, Not Harder – Even though your work load may not ever get lighter, there are still effective ways to make it less strenuous. By working smarter, you’re allowing yourself to have more free time throughout the day. Create a “to-don’t” list and take the Sunday night test. By creating a “to-don’t” list, you’re essentially eliminating what you shouldn’t be focusing on. The Sunday night test is to evaluate your well-being.
  2. Clarify Goals and Values – Once you start to analyze where you want to go in life and what’s really important to you, you may be able to figure out what goals you should solely focus on. Take some time out of your day to plan where you want your life to go and what tasks you’re going to do to get you there. By doing this, you’ll stop wasting your time on meaningless stuff, and it may even give you more time throughout your day to focus on the important things
  3. Release Perfectionism – This might be easier said than done, but if you’re being obsessive with your work, you’ll probably never get anything done. Perfectionism can cause some serious consequences because it can become destructive if you’re trying to balance life and work on such a perfect level. Even though life can be stressful, you never want to be so hard on yourself that you ultimately stop enjoying life.
  4. Change Your Habits and Stick to Them – If you feel your life is spinning out of control, then maybe it’s time to change your daily habits. According to Entrepreneur magazine, “you should try to set boundaries so you can create a new routine that is about certainty and predictability.” Try not to check your work emails when you’re home and let your employees be aware of your new lifestyle and stick to it. When others notice that you’re respecting your own personal boundaries, your friends and co-workers will have to do it, too.
  5. Exercise and Mediate – By exercising and meditating, you’re allowing yourself to recharge and refocus. This will also release endorphins into your body that’ll make you happier. According to WebMD, psychologist Robert Brooks, Ph.D., co-author of The Power of Resilience: Achieving Balance, Confidence, and Personal Strength in Your Life, “Research shows exercise can help you to be more alert.”
  6. Create Downtime – To have a more balanced life, you’ll have to force yourself to schedule a time to stop working. Research suggests that it’s important to take breaks from work so your stress levels can be lowered, which may help you recover from the work week. No matter what you do, there will always be work to be done. Try to decide what’s important and what isn’t. When you start prioritizing your tasks, you may start to feel more in control of your life, which will hopefully reduce anxiety and stress.

When it comes to balancing your life, not every rule will work for every person’s life style. Pick and choose what will work best for you and try to stick with it. Some days will be worse than others, but try to remember that having a work-life balance is never going to be perfect. Just take each day at a time, and try to set boundaries for yourself.

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