Ever felt overwhelmed? I know I have.
I had an unscheduled week off from blogging and social media last week. A much needed unscheduled break. Juggling all my responsibilities just got a little bit too much. So I took a step back before I reached my breaking point.
But I’m back this week to share my tips for achieving work-life balance. In addition, I’m sharing my tips for how to know when it’s time to have a break.
Finding Your Work-life Balance
- Acknowledge and accept that it’s impossible to be all things to all people. It’s ok not to be perfect. Imperfection may seem unappealing, but it’s realistic.
- Understand that ‘balance’ changes. Sometimes work will be your priority and sometimes your personal life will be your priority.
- Define what’s important to you and live it. When you understand what is most important, prioritise your tasks/events accordingly.
- When someone asks you to be a part of something or to do something for them, think about it seriously. Think about what is being asked of you and look at your existing commitments realistically.
- Be organised and take control of your life. Know what you have to do for the week and make a plan for when you’re going to do it! I use the Calendar App on my phone as well as a To-Do List App.
- While I’m talking about scheduling, always remember to schedule in some time off. This might seem self-explanatory but it’s harder than it seems. Me time is the first thing that goes when we’re busy. It gets replaced by something else that we have over-committed ourselves to.
- Remember to take a break. Taking a small break between tasks or when you’re feeling stressed will help you re-focus and be more productive. Try going for a quick walk or doing 10-15 squats or jumping jacks to re-focus.
- Be Flexible. Sometimes things don’t go to plan and you don’t get everything done. That’s life. So don’t panic or get upset about it, just re-prioritise and set a new action-plan. Don’t stress about what you didn’t get done because that takes up valuable time you could be spending on catching up on your work/hobbies.
It’s time to take an extended break when:
- Feeling overwhelmed more often than not. There never seems to be enough hours in the day and you constantly feel like you’re not getting through your to-do list.
- Losing interest in tasks you normally enjoy.
- Feeling tired and irritable even after you have had a good nights sleep.
- Having difficulty sleeping.
Most importantly pay attention to what your body and mind are telling you because it’s far better to take a break than to push through and end up having a full scale break down.
What are your tips for managing your work-life balance?