No matter what line of work you’re in and whether you head into the office or work from home—there’s one thing that we can all use a bit more of in life: balance!
Finding balance a continual process and something that we need to constantly work at in order to achieve. Balance isn’t a one-and-done destination that we arrive at. Instead, it’s a constant work in progress!
Finding a work-life balance, though, can be challenging. The temptation to try to fit too much in is very real, and saying no is something that most of us feel guilty about. As such, we spend a lot of time trying to do everything, when the truth is that doing it all just isn’t realistic or healthy. And long term, it can be downright destructive.
If you’d like to create more balance in your life, here’s a look at a few strategies that can help!
Define Your Ideal Balance
First, it’s important to recognize that an ideal work-life balance will look different to everyone. In order to find your ideal balance, you’ll first need to determine what an ideal balance looks like for you. Will you spend five days a week at work, then the rest of your time focused on friends, family, and hobbies? Or would you like to start spending more time on a side hustle or employment after perhaps being out of the workforce for a while? Take the time to define what an ideal work-life balance looks like to you, and then take steps towards creating it.
Take Small Steps
If you’re looking to find a work-life balance, don’t feel that you must rush out and start implementing major changes right away. Instead, look to take small, meaningful steps in the right direction. Small steps are a great way to create habits that stick, helping you to enact lasting change. For example, maybe you’d like to make it a precedent to stop taking your work home with you at night. Or perhaps you’d like to ensure that you spend each Saturday with your family. Whatever you feel will help you find balance, look to implement that in your life—one step at a time.
Schedule in Downtime
If you are looking to create a well-balanced life, then it’s important to begin scheduling in some downtime; time that isn’t devoted to work, but just simply some time where you can be yourself or spend time with your loved ones and friends without anything on the agenda. Penciling in downtime might sound odd, but doing so can help to prevent things from coming up and eating into that precious time! Carve out some downtime in your Day Designer daily planner.
Protect Your Time
In order to find balance, you’ll want to separate work and home. If you’re on work time, then devote yourself to your work. If you’re doing something personal, then try to avoid tuning in to work during that time. While it may be difficult to draw the line between work and personal tasks, especially if you work at home, keeping these two separate is essential for being productive and keeping on-task.
Start Your Day Right
Your morning routine sets the tone for the rest of your day. Getting off to a good start will help you accomplish more and finish strong as well. Consider starting your morning with a routine that prepares you for the day. Make sure you eat a healthy breakfast and maybe even fit in a quick workout. Consider reading or listening to a motivational book or going for a walk around the block—whatever gets you ready to be your best. By being intentional about your morning, as opposed to rolling out of bed after hitting snooze a dozen times, you will be more prepared for what the day brings and will have more energy to focus on the tasks at hand.
Without balance, we run the risk of burnout, either at work or in our relationships. But by taking control of your life and working continually towards striking a balance, you’ll be able to reap the benefits that come from having a whole and fulfilled life. Remember, at the end of the day, it’s all about taking small yet meaningful steps in the right direction. Don’t feel that you have to make big changes overnight. Instead, identify the most important areas that you’d like to change, seek to implement small steps, and plan accordingly. It’s a continual process, a balancing act if you will, but working towards finding a balance will prove to have a tremendous impact on your life, happiness, and overall sense of well-being.