5 Tips for Finding That Elusive Work/Life Balance
When work and productivity are necessities, rest and personal well-being are often the first things to fall behind. It’s a never-ending balancing act to accomplish everything you need to do and preserve a healthy lifestyle.
Here are some tips on maintaining healthy balance in the midst of a challenging schedule:
Plan your work and play. Maybe you’re more spontaneous than type A, but we’ve found that ensuring a good balance of activity is much easier when you schedule it out. Having time set aside specifically to relax or to spend with family as well as scheduling out tasks at work can help maximize your time.
Stay Connected. Whether you thrive in large groups or feel easily drained by other people, it’s important to maintain a balance between alone time and spending time with other people. Planning recurring events can give you something to look forward to, and being accountable to someone else will motivate you to get through your to-do list. Or try inviting others to join you on errands, such as going for a run or taking a trip to the grocery store. We’ve found that adding other people into scheduled events can make mundane tasks more enjoyable and save time.
It’s okay to stay home. Though it’s important to have an active social life, it’s also valuable to spend time alone and recharge if you need it. Striking a balance between social life and internal well-being is key — so don’t let the fear of missing out stretch you too thin.
Be productive in your down time. What makes you feel energized and ready to tackle life? We try to identify relaxing activities that make us feel rested — and aren’t just mind-numbing. Engaging in non-productive activities, like watching TV, can often result in more stress and exhaustion rather than relaxation. Restful activities are often productive and enjoyable — whether it’s reading a book, going for a run, woodworking, cooking or spending time with loved ones.
Rest proactively. We like to try to think of relaxation as restorative preparation that builds you up rather than as a reward for productivity. Starting the day well rested in every capacity — mentally, emotionally, and physically — can aid productivity, energy and focus. Use your free time to recharge, not to escape from the constant labor of everyday life.