In today’s demanding world, it can be a challenge trying to juggle the demands of your job with the rest of your time. Studies show that a poor balance between work and personal activities can result in unhealthy levels of stress, unhappiness and even reduced productivity.
If you are finding it more difficult than ever to find a healthy balance between these two aspects of your life, try any or all of these three tips to help you feel more at ease:
Have a plan.
A little planning goes a long way. With work obligations, family responsibility, appointments, etc. people’s schedules fill up quickly. It is important to plan ahead by using a calendar, creating a daily routine or even planning meals for the week. Prepping on a day off can make it easier to throw meals together when you find yourself in a rush.
Designate an area for items you find you are often misplacing such as your keys, cell phone or work badge. Save time in the morning by planning your outfit or laying out your uniform the night prior. Think of little responsibilities you need to accomplish and save those for your day off. Reserve a day for those errands.
Build downtime into your schedule.
Daily tasks can consume you if you do not find time for yourself. When you plan your week, do not forget some “me time,” like getting a work out in, reading, etc. Also find time to spend with your family – a moment you can just relax with them and enjoy your time. Take time to do the things that help you recharge!