7 Ways To Maintain Work-Life Balance

When we lead busy lives it’s hard to maintain the ideal work-life balance. A lot of the time it seems not even practical. It’s hard making these tips a part of our lives because it’s hard to break our habits. Sometimes it feels like wishful thinking.  But there are ways we can continue our efforts toward work-life balance. I’ve gathered 10 of the best articles from the web to help you (and me) out.

  1. Play to your strengths

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 “Don’t try and be all things to all people. Focus on your strengths and outsource the others. If you’re not a whiz at accounts or graphic design, outsource them instead of wasting time.” 

Knowing your strengths is about what your quickest at and takes no time for you to do. So what are your strengths? What daily errands or projects can need help with?

  1. Make exercise a must-do, not a should-do

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 “A healthy body means a fresh mind, which means you will function better and complete tasks in less time.” 

Prioritizing the health of our bodies is the one thing that will help us work at our fullest and best. Without our health, we can’t work.

  1. Manage your mind

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” spend time with someone who will lift you up and support you.”

Don’t  internalize your work stress. Letting yourself vent. Vent to someone you’re close to who will give listen and give supporting advice. It can be a work mate you trust. A close friend. A Mentor. A parent. A sibling. Your partner. Get those issues off your mind so you can uphold your attitude of work-life balance.

  1. Take a break

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 “You might not have time every day to simply sit and ‘be’, but do your best to give yourself a lunch break. make a point of getting up and stretching every 15 minutes. It will help you become clearer, more focused and more productive.” 

Many of us deny ourselves this needed break because we have too much to do. Or we don’t have time to take a break. Don’t let your workload deny you of the natural benefits a break gives you. Budget breaks. Set a reminder on your phone or on your calendar or us an app to remind you to take a break.

If you have an iOS device, try this app out:
Stand Up! The Work Break Timer

  1. Be open about your needs.

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“…people need to do is identify what truly matters to them and communicate it. Don’t hide it and don’t expect others to guess what makes you feel balanced and fulfilled”

This ties into the first point. But let your manager or co-worker know what you need help with. It’s easy to take on everything ourselves.

  1. Respect your boundaries.

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“You cannot achieve your balance if you don’t respect the boundaries you have put in place. It will be hard in the beginning but you need to stick with it so you develop a routine …”

It’s easy to let work slide. There will always be one more emails to respond to or one more phone call to make. When it comes to maintaining work-life balance through boundaries it’s important to be strict with ourselves and our personal time. So, leave that email for the morning.

  1. Understand what really matters.

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“…people spend too much time working on things that don’t really matter. Time is the most valuable commodity in life: it is the one thing you cannot buy more of. So, don’t waste time. Focus on what really matters.”

But the people we love are not here forever, the time we have with them is limited. Remember to take time out for those who really matter to you. Don’t take them for granted.

 

Maintaining work-life balance can be done. With these practical steps and practice, being consistent won’t be so hard.

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Stay balanced.