Work-life Balance

Finding Your Work-Life Balance

Avoid Overwhelm and Get Shit Done!

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

  1. 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.
  2. Understand that ‘balance’ changes. Sometimes work will be your priority and sometimes your personal life will be your priority.
  3. Define what’s important to you and live it.  When you understand what is most important, prioritise your tasks/events accordingly.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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?

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