When you’re trying to create a better life for yourself, it’s not difficult to work yourself into the ground. The current culture celebrates a person’s ability to grind harder. However, when you think about the grinding process, you’re breaking yourself down. This is actually the worst thing you could do. Instead, it’s best to be intentional about self-care as you work hard. When you take care of yourself, you can support your mind and body through almost anything. Consider the following ways to achieve work/life balance.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Furthermore, don’t be afraid to take advantage of systems that are offered to help your life become easier. This applies to everything from using grocery delivery services to learning how to fill out a w4 form. If you have children, it’s wonderful to spend lots of time with them. However, there will come a day when you’re tired and need a break. In this case, a family member or a babysitter is helpful. Don’t shortchange your life because you’re afraid or ashamed to ask for help. If you need a break and need someone to take over, it’s okay to be vulnerable and say so.
Become a master of your time.
When it’s time for work, be present at work. When it’s time to be at home or on vacation, be present. Do not try to plan your vacation during office hours. Your boss doesn’t pay you to plan your vacation on the company’s time. Furthermore, your boss doesn’t have the right to send you countless emails when you’re out of the office. You have to know how to unplug. When you know that you have eight hours to finish a certain number of tasks, you can buckle down, focus and get them done. Be realistic about how much time it takes you to do specific tasks. Once you’re clear, allocate your time accordingly. When you can become a master with your time, you’ll increase your chances of effectiveness overall.
One of the main components of mastering your time involves eliminating distractions. If you’re constantly looking at shows on Netflix when you could be sending emails, this will hinder your ability to produce and maintain a high level of productivity. Learn your triggers. If you get really distracted when you try to work at the kitchen table, set aside two hours to visit the local coffee shop. Put your headphones in and focus for the time you’re there. If you’re on vacation, eliminate the distraction of emails. Put your email and phone notification on that lets people know that they can’t disturb you during this time. If you are getting started on the journey of learning to focus, use a timer. Time yourself as you do certain tasks. As you work, do your best to beat your last time. Don’t allow yourself to produce subpar work in the process. However, when you know that the timer is running, you’re more likely to focus and get your work done.
Plan for margin.
Don’t overcrowd your schedule. As you become more clear on how long a certain task takes, leave room in your schedule to breathe. Give yourself the chance to take the scenic route. If you fill your schedule with tasks for every minute, you’re going to feel the strain of an overbooked schedule. As you give your schedule room to breathe, you’ll feel like you can enjoy the moments without a sense of feeling rushed or behind.