If you run your own business, you work long hours, or you have children, you’re probably used to juggling work and social commitments. While work is essential to put food on the table, it shouldn’t always be your priority. If you have no time to yourself, or you’re constantly chasing your tail, follow these five golden rules. These handy hints will help you to achieve a healthier work-life balance.
- Be organised
Organisation and time management are the foundations of a satisfactory work-life balance. Being organised can help you to save time and ensure that you have time to do everything you need to do. Use planners on your phone or keep a diary. Write down meetings and set reminders for important dates. If you don’t already have a calendar, you can shop online. Alternatively, you could also use the Internet to search for printable calendars 2016. Keep your desk tidy, and use lists to keep track of tasks you’ve completed, and those you are yet to begin.
- Plan in advance
If you’re busy, it’s essential to plan in advance. Are you organising a weekend with away with friends or celebrating a special occasion? If so, give yourself time to sort out childcare and book transport and accommodation. It’s much easier to organise things when you’re not trying to make plans, hit a deadline and schedule meetings all at the same time. If you are trying to arrange to go away, you can also give people notice if they have offered to babysit or look after your pets, for example.
- Leave work at the office
Are you guilty of working on the train home or getting your laptop out as soon as you walk through the front door? If so, it’s important to try and switch up your routine. Sometimes, there are busier periods at work, and you’ll need to put in extra hours. But if this is a frequent trend, it’s essential to take steps to separate your work and home lives. If you’ve got too much work, speak to your boss. Ideally, you should be able to leave work at the office and enjoy some quality time with your partner or children when you get home.
- Book some time off
If you’re entitled to holiday, make sure you take it. You may lose out if you don’t book your holidays, and you’re not able to roll them over to the next year. Book a trip abroad, take a long weekend off or simply give yourself a couple of days to rest and relax at home. When you have time off, don’t use it to work. Catch up with friends or go out for the day. Go to the beach or get out into the great outdoors and go hiking or climbing.
- Make life easier
If you constantly feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day, it may be worth thinking about ways to make life easier. Could you save time around the house by hiring a cleaner or doing an online shop? Could you ask friends and family to help out with babysitting from time to time? If you’re struggling to keep on top of jobs around the house, there are often simple solutions. Sometimes, it’s best to admit that you can’t do everything.
If you’re always working, it’s time to reassess your work-life balance. Hopefully, these tips will enable you to enjoy more downtime and eliminate day to day stress.
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