... and Keep a Good Work/Life Balance with a Busy Lifestyle
By Julie Morris
Today, social media, texting, and instant messaging have made
communicating with each other quicker and easier than ever before. This
technology has been very helpful in the workplace, but has also made it
possible for work to monopolize our time and focus during off hours, leading to
poorer quality of life and burnout.
Maintaining a good balance between
work and home life is very important.
Leaving work at the office and optimizing your
home will minimize stress and allow you to have the time and personal space
needed to focus on family and build relationships in your community. Making that separation can improve your
health as stress can contribute to a multitude of health problems. Getting that time to recharge will also
improve productivity and efficiency at work.
Priority Should Be to Unplug
Leaving work at the end of the day to head home is usually a
relief. Cell phones and laptops are
links to the office that are being brought home with you. Create some boundaries by turning off
notifications from work or ignore them unless it’s a legitimate emergency.
Don’t set the precedent of being instantly available to coworkers
and bosses after hours. They will
definitely take advantage of your time and energy. You can show them you can be relied upon to
get things done and taken care of during your scheduled work period.
Spending time with family and friends is diminished when your attention gets
diverted to answering texts and emails that should wait until office
hours. You will nurture relationships by
giving your full attention to those non-work activities, and give yourself the
much-needed break from work after already putting in the required amount of
time. Another great way to unplug is to take a trip.
Separate Work and Personal Life Goals
Focus on what you would like to achieve at work, whether it be a
promotion or special project, and figure out exactly what it takes to make that
happen. Stay organized and efficient to
get closer to achieving those goals.
With a busy lifestyle, it is important to stay organized at home
as well. Find ways to streamline bill
paying, get chores done, and run errands more efficiently. Technology is really good for these projects-
sign up for auto bill pay on their websites, order groceries online, and have
them delivered to your home. This way
you will have more time to focus on the important things such as spending
quality time with family and
friends, taking a class, participating in a sport, or volunteering in your
Managing time better at home and work will cut down on stress and
help you keep your mind focused on tasks at hand. Mental exhaustion and fatigue affects
productivity and well-being.
of Your Health
Mental and emotional health is
important to focus on in a busy lifestyle.
How you feel affects all areas of your life. Being healthy helps you cope with stress,
recover from challenges, and build good relationships with others.
Exercise is always a big component in getting and staying
healthy. Make time to run, bike, or do
quick exercise routines at home when you are short on time. You will feel more energized during the day
and get better sleep at night.
Improve your diet by eating fresh produce from local farms, or grow your
own. Stay away from so much junk or fast food.
Plan out some meals ahead of time and take healthier lunches to work so
that you can eat healthier meals. Eating
better will increase energy and focus in all your activities, and you can
strengthen your community by shopping or growing locally.
Don’t forget to get plenty of rest. Your body needs a full night’s sleep to
recuperate from stress and your day’s challenges.
Achieving a better work/life balance is possible with a plan and
goals for work and personal time. Keep
reviewing your priorities and you will be successful in your work and life