In tough economic times, personal lives may be placed low on the priority list. It is important to reenergize and avoid burnout by re-organizing your daily schedule and refocusing on activities and people that bring joy and variety to your life. Try these helpful tips to reclaim work-life balance.
Remember your health
Keep annual medical, dental and vision appointments. Don’t wait for something to go wrong, by the time you feel bad, it may require lost time and use of personal accrued benefits. Be proactive about your health care. Have an assessment to rule out any potential health related problems before they occur. It’s the most important thing you can do.
Plan a little down-time into your daily schedule. A block of time as little as an hour or 2 makes a big difference in rejuvenating the mind, body and spirit. Include activities you enjoy or have been meaning to try. Enjoy a family night of board games or a movie in lieu of going to the theatre. It will allow more quality time to reconnect with love ones. Print a weekly schedule and post it in a place for easy reference. This will give you something to look forward to and break up your normal routine.
Look around the office and see were the clutter is. It may be the inbox taking over the desk. Go through it daily to see which tasks can be completed quickly, which items are time sensitive and which ones can delegate to someone else. File loose papers in an alphabetical accordion file on a daily basis. At the end of the week, put them into their appropriate folders. This is really great for anyone that hates to file.
Remember delegation is a gift
No one can do it all. Delegate tasks/projects to colleagues that you may not have time to complete. Give follow-up and feedback so they won’t feel dumped on. It’s still your responsibility to assist. Make this a learning opportunity for the recipient; not extra “work”. Think of those tasks, chores or errands which can be put off for another time or delegate them to a trusted colleague, friend or family member. Don’t like to cut grass? Swap a chore with a neighbor or pay a teen to do it.
Learn to relax
Let’s face it. Life can be stressful when you are on the go all day. If working at a computer, take short periodic breaks to give eyes a rest and stretch those legs. Upon returning pick up where you left off. Take an exercise class or increase your activity level by at least 30 minutes per day to feel energized and more relaxed throughout the day.
By making little daily changes in your schedule; you can reclaim your life. There is some balance to work and life.