All work and no play can create a stressful life. Let go the guilt you may be feeling for not being able to do it all. It’s simply not productive. Sometimes when we’re at home, we’re thinking of work and when we’re at work, we’re thinking of home. It’s like being on a hamster wheel and not being able to get off. Instead of trying to focus on having the perfect balance between work and home, try to do the best you can do on a daily basis with the time you have. Here are some strategies to try.
1 – Schedule family and me time
If you don’t schedule time to spend with family and friends or to do the things you enjoy doing, it will be very easy for work to creep into that time. It’s important to block out time in your calendar weekly and keep those appointments with your family, friends and yourself! Treat these appointments with the same importance you would of a meeting for work.
2 – Avoid spending time with negative people
People that complain, gossip or who have a negative outlook can drain your energy and ruin your mood. Don’t let that happen! We are a combination of the five people we spend the most time with, so choose wisely. Surrounding yourself with positive, upbeat people will help make your downtime more enjoyable.
3 – Outsource tasks that make sense for you
Do you want to spend your weekend doing chores? If it’s in your budget, consider hiring someone to clean your home, mow your lawn or any other tasks that can free up time for you to do the things you want to do. Your time is important and there is a value to it. Only you can figure out that that value is.
4 – Stop doing things that don’t add value to your life
Determine the things are you doing now that are not a good use of your time and stop doing them, right now. We all waste time doing things, sometimes on a daily basis that are not necessary or don’t really bring us happiness or contentment. Let today be the day you begin to let those things go.
With a few adjustments, you can create better work life balance. Here’s to a more balanced life!