Do you struggle to balance your personal life with your work life? It’s important to build in the balance in your life for a healthier, happier you. Some ways to do that are to schedule downtime, exercise, pick activities that relax you, and rethink your errands.
Too often, we schedule our appointments, children’s activities, and even vacations. How often do we schedule downtime, a night out with friends, an activity with family, date night with your spouse, or going to the park with our dog? If the activity is on the calendar, those involved work harder to make the activity happen. Some families schedule an activity for the same time, each week. It could be going to the park, a movie, or a meal out together.
Scheduling yourself for a day to day event helps plan your day as well. Having a set time to go to the gym or to read that book that you can’t put down helps you. Remember when you would get home from school, eat a snack, and get right to homework? That structure can benefit you as an adult, too. Whether you get up early to get an hour of time on your hobby in before work, or immediately after work, if it helps you rejuvenate, it’s worth it.
Exercise, for many people, is a great way to boost your energy level. As your energy level increases, you are better able to concentrate. This helps you become more alert and efficient with your time. While that half hour or so of exercise may seem like a lot, it pays off in the long run.
Our lives are crazy; there’s always something more to do or someone else to please. Running the day to day and weekly errands takes up a lot of time. Yard work could be completed by a nearby teenage kid, wanting to earn money. Ordering the groceries online and either picking them up or having them delivered is an option in larger towns have this service available. There are also dinner services that can be picked up or mailed to your home, where you make and freeze or have delivered and add the fresh produce. Even if you have a budget to follow, you may find that saving your time will be worth the extra expense, especially as it usually isn’t a high amount.
Making relaxation a priority will help you in the short and long run. It doesn’t have to be an extravagant amount of time. Start with attainable goals. Leave work early one night a week. Spend an hour a week on a hobby you used to enjoy. No matter what kind of day it was, you can give yourself fifteen minutes and do something that you enjoy-a warm bath, go for a walk, blast the music and have a dance session. Make time for you.
Make this a priority! Prioritizing and balancing your work life shouldn’t be a optional task, it should be mandatory. Do it for yourself. Take the time to schedule, exercise, streamline your errand running, and relax. You will feel and be better for it.