5 Ways to Improve your Work-Life Balance
How do you fit everything in 24 hours? We’ve got a list of 5 ways you can create a balanced work-life so you can be a #lifeboss, not just a #girlboss.
Newsflash: You can have a successful career AND a life. #hooray.
You’re probably thinking we’re on a sugar high! How on earth do you fit work, sleep, exercise, food and family (oh, and friends - don’t forget those) into 24 measly hours? The answer is a healthy work-life balance. No, that’s not a mythical idea - it is actually achievable.
We’ve put together 5 ways you can create a balanced work-life. These are so much more than just hello cupcakes AND quinoa. They’re packed with meaning, purpose and happiness, so you can be a #lifeboss, not just a #girlboss.
Set your Priorities
Fact 1: Your life is precious. Fact 2: There are only 24 hours in a day. How do you achieve the elusive work-life balance? You choose what matters to you most and in which order. When you put these down, you’ll be surprised by the amount of time you get back by admitting you don’t actually care about The Kardashians.
Tip: Start your day with an ol’ fashioned to-do list, and jot down everything you want to get done that day. Then, number them in order of importance. This way you can balance out your day professionally and personally. Don’t forget to add some fun stuff at the top of your list. You only live once!
Once you’ve set your priorities in order, you need a routine to stay on track. Routines will help you get sh*t done, and they offer a sense of accomplishment and accountability. And when you’re feeling adventurous, stray out of your routine to keep things fun! Take a different road to work or book a trip to anywhere! Whatever makes you happy.
Schedule “Me Time”
If your brain is still buzzing from the events of the day after you’ve left the office, then make time to destress and detach. This can be anything from taking the dog (and yourself) for a walk, reading a book, meditating, or even a relaxing yoga class to find the Zen you’re longing for. “Me time” is an essential part of a balanced life and it’s important for your mental health, too.
Let's be honest, we heart social media. But how many times have you found yourself aimlessly scrolling through Instagram when you could be doing something proactive?
Aside from the stress of reading emails and checking Lucy’s new relationship status, being constantly connected can be exhausting. The solution is simple. Step away from the laptop, put the phone down and take a digital time-out.
The Power of No
The magic word in improving your work-life balance isn’t please, it’s no. No to staying back at work, no to crocs and no to anything that isn’t a priority. Sure, there are many times when saying “yes” can be the best thing ever (like yes to pizza!), but learning to set boundaries and saying “no” is the kindest thing you can do for yourself.
“Give yourself the permission to say “no” to anything that makes you unhappy, and or drains your energy.”