When you work hard and non-stop you risk feeling overwhelmed and burnt out. This happens to a lot of people who are not able to create a good work-life balance. It can be a struggle trying to handle your work life and your personal life while still meeting the demands of your workplace. The fear of being cut back or laid off is more prevalent today so employees are trying to put in more hours than they would normally to retain their jobs. This includes using smartphones to be in constant touch with their workplace even when they are not there physically. Such a work-life balance disrupts any social and/or family time that was planned. You can use a 3-step strategy for work-life balance that will have you contributing at work while still being able to enjoy your life.
Schedule Downtime for Yourself
A great way to build work-life balance is to schedule downtime for yourself. When you get ready to plan a work week, schedule time that is devoted to your friends and family. You can also plan for activities that help you relax and recharge. The point is to schedule some time with others so you have something positive to look forward to.
Save Time and Energy
Saving time and energy may seem like a no-brainer. However, it is really important. You may not even realize you are wasting time until you look at your daily activities and honestly consider if you are wasting your time or not. For example, while at work steer clear of colleagues that drain your time gossiping and venting. Chances are you can get more work done and leave on time instead of working later. Review your activities and drop the activities that do not enhance your personal life or career.
Get Moving to Find More Energy
Exercise is one of the best ways to find more energy while you keep moving. It is imperative to find time to take care of yourself. When you exercise you are boosting your energy levels and improving your concentration. Over the years research has proven that people remain more alert when they include exercise in their daily routine. Exercising can boost your entire day and ensures that you have a clear mind and healthier body. Make a little ‘me time’ by scheduling time to exercise at home or your local gym.
Doug Dvorak, Certified Speaking Professional can help you develop your own 3-step (or maybe yours will be a 5-step) strategy for work-life balance. Contact him to learn more about motivational services that can improve your life.