How to Have Better Work-Life Balance
These days, people are finding it more challenging than ever to juggle the demands of their job and their personal lives. Even if you don't have much control over the hours you have to work, try finding other ways to bring greater enjoyment into your life. Focus your time and attention on things you can control instead. Here are five ways to bring a little more balance to your daily routine:
Outsource your errands.
Consider whether you can outsource any of your time-consuming household chores or errands. By ordering your groceries online and having them delivered or having your dry cleaning picked up and dropped off at your home or office instead will save you a lot of time. Even if you're on a tight budget, you may discover that the time you'll save will make it worth it.
You can also trade services like doing tasks that you enjoy or that you were planning to do anyway with your friends. You could exchange gardening services for babysitting services.
Schedule time with family and friends.
When planning your week, make sure to schedule time with your family and friends, and activities that help you recharge. Having a date night with your spouse or a basketball game with friends on your calendar will give you something to look forward to and an extra incentive to manage your time well.
Most people tend to wake up, shower, and go straight to work and often complain afterwards about having no time to do anything. However, if you can get those 3 hours in the morning, you will surely have a more productive and peaceful workday.
Be active and get moving.
Finding time for exercise when you have a jam-packed schedule is extremely hard, but it may ultimately help you get more done by boosting your energy level and ability to concentrate. It can help you to be more alert. Going to gym at least 2-3 times a week will give you even just a little time for yourself and will help you have a clearer head.
Avoid activities that drains your time and energy.
Many people waste their time on activities or people that add no value like constant venting and gossiping. Take note of activities that don't enhance your career or personal life and minimize the time you spend on them as people often get sucked into these habits that are making them less efficient without realizing it. You may even be able to leave work earlier if you make a conscious effort to limit the time you spend on these things.
Don’t forget to relax and pamper yourself.
Set realistic goals and 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 bath, read a trashy novel, go for a walk, or listen to music. You have to make a little time for the things that ignite your joy.