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Seesawing from being overwhelmed at work, to being swamped at home? Well, you’re not alone, as for many of us achieving a work-life balance seems to be an impossible task. However, there are some strategies you can use to bring a greater sense of balance to your life. Read on to find out what they are.
I’m not saying that you need to rush out and become religious, although if you are that great too! What I mean here is finding some time in the day to connect with yourself and to see what is going on in your mind can be a worthwhile experience. Something that can really help you to slow down and be more present for your life, whether you are at work or not.
To do this, you may want to practice meditation or, yoga. You may even wish to come up with your own little rituals and or create an altar, so you have a space in which you can practice.
Most of us experience our commute as dead time. A time where we are not at work so not being paid, but also not at home so unable to relax or do what we actually want to do either. Of course, there are strategies you can use to reclaim or better use your commute time that will help you to improve your work-life balance.
One is to treat that hour or so on the train or bus as the perfect time to catch up on your favorite shows, especially the one that no one else in the house wants to watch with you. Of course, to do this, you will need a stream anywhere digital cable service that you can play via an app on your phone. Add to that a pair of decent headphones, and your all set!
Alternatively, you may wish to use your commute time to get ahead with work. In fact, it’s the perfect time to get those emails answered! Of course, the trick here is that you don’t do this in addition to your working day, but so you can spend less time in the office and reclaim some life balance later on.
Yes, I know that for many of us this seems like an easy task, but in reality, it can be credibly tricky, especially when we rely on our phone for alarms, sleep music, and even audiobooks to send us off to the land of Nod.
However, when we use our phones throughout the evening, it is so easy just to check our emails one more time, or just see whether anyone has posted in that Whatsapp group, or on Twitter, and Facebook. A problem that is only magnified if you have a smartwatch with email and social media alerts enabled.
Therefore if you really want a better work-life balance, you have to give your ‘do not disturb’ mode a chance. It will be tough, to begin with, but after a while, you will realize how much time and attention you can reclaim. Time that you can then spend on the things that really matter to you and enrich your life outside of work.