How do you juggle the demands of both work and your personal life? Achieving a better work-life balance may not seem like an easily attainable goal, but it is possible. Continue reading for four tips to help you get started…
Accept that there is no ‘perfect’ balance. When you hear “work-life balance,” you probably imagine having a very productive workday, and leaving on time to spend the other part of the day with family and friends. While this may seem ideal, it is not always possible. You don’t need to strive for the perfect schedule. Instead, aim for a realistic one. Some days, you might focus more on work, while other days you might dedicate more time to hobbies and spending time with loved ones. Balance is achieved over time, not each day.
Set goals and priorities. Give yourself a list of achievable goals that you are passionate about, with respect to your career, health and relationships. Think about what tasks are most important for achieving a healthy work-life balance and prioritize them. You can make your workday as productive as possible by practicing time-management strategies and studying your to-do list. Structuring your day can increase productivity at work, which can result in more free time and less stress at home.
Find time for yourself. While your job is important, it should not be your sole focus. If you do not firmly plan for personal time, you will never have time to do other things outside of work. You should consider creating a personal calendar, focused on reserving time for friends and family. This could involve going out for a meal, heading to the movies, or planning a tropical destination. All of the above are great ways to spend quality time with loved ones without work-life conflict. Click here to learn about how a Benefits Plus® checking account with SeaComm can provide you and your family with discounted activities, attractions, flights and more!
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Unplug. Cutting ties with the outside world from time to time allows us to recover from daily stress. Unplugging can mean something simple like practicing meditation on your daily commute, or turning off your mobile phone for two hours each day. It’s important that you take time to unwind…this will help you feel more energized when you’re back at work. Click here to read our recent blog post, “Digital Detox: 4 Ways to Unplug From Technology” for simple tips to help you break free from your devices!