4 Tips for a Better Work-Life Balance
It’s getting harder and harder to balance the scales of work and life. Technology makes all of us accessible 24/7 and a less than certain economy leaves many feeling as though they need to accept long hours just to stay afloat.
Working around the clock is often pretty unhealthy for you and anyone around you. But how do you find a healthy work-life balance? Here are a few tips to help you balance the scales.
You can’t always sweat the small stuff. Many successful people are perfectionists. The two seem to, more often than not, go hand in hand. While there are certainly times when a strong attention to detail is important, sometimes you just have to let go of the details.
Keep your body and mind healthy. Even at our busiest, we still take time to meet our basic needs. You still eat. You still sleep. You just can’t make it through the day without these things.
Your mind and body also need attention. It’s tough to stay healthy—and sane—without exercising in one form or another. But when we’re busy, attention to the health of our mind or bodies is often the first thing to go. You can keep it simple, just find some way to keep your body and mind healthy while you’re busy.
Pull the plug. With the advent of cellphones and near-universal internet access, it can be tough to completely separate yourself from work. Notifications for email and other messages never seem to end. Sometimes you just need to pull the plug. For your own sanity, set aside some time each day when you shut your phone down or, at the very least, turn off your notifications.
Stop throwing away your time. How much time do you waste every day checking Facebook, Twitter, or just mindlessly surfing the web? You probably don’t want to know.
Time management is a tough skill to develop in a world with so many distractions. But if you want to stay sane, especially when you’re busy, you can’t skip this one. Stay focused on the activities that provide the greatest personal and professional value.