Improving Work-Life Balance
Be realistic when setting your workload.
Whether you’re preparing a list of household chores, family errands or work tasks, don’t try to fit in more than you can reasonably handle during your day. Prioritize what needs to get done every morning and limit your to-dos to a handful of goals. Overburdening yourself will only serve to stress you out and bring you down.
Schedule time to unwind and relax.
When planning your week, make sure to schedule time for family and friends, or for fun activities that help you recharge. This will give you something to look forward to each day and will motivate you to better manage your time so you don’t end up cancelling your plans.
Evaluate how you spend your time.
For an entire week, consciously track how you spend your day and then identify time-wasting activities that you can eliminate or limit. For example, you might discover that by reducing the time you spend browsing the Internet, checking social media sites or making personal calls during office hours, you can leave work on time and do things you enjoy.
If you can outsource or delegate a task, do it. For example, instead of picking up your own dry cleaning, check if you can have it delivered to your doorstep. If you live close to a relative and they don’t mind picking up your kids from school, ask them to do so when you’re overwhelmed.
Research shows that exercise can improve your mood and significantly boost your energy and concentration levels. No matter how busy your schedule is, find the time to fit in at least 15-30 minutes of exercise; it will ultimately help you get more done.