Maintaining Your Work-Life Balance
Helpful Tips to Help You Maintain a Work-Life Balance
When you are driven, motivated, and have a hunger to not only just succeed but be #1 in everything you do, tasks can get overwhelming. You are a boss woman. Your calendar stays full because you are always booked and busy.
Oftentimes the focus on our careers can lead us to neglect other parts of our life that are also very important. Things like spending time with family, working on a side project, and just taking a little time for mental health and self-care can fall by the wayside. So how can you maintain a good work-life balance? Let’s get into it.
Managing + Prioritizing Your Time
Your time is just as valuable as your money, so when it comes to having a healthy work-life balance you have to focus on managing and prioritizing your time. Take a day to monitor how you are spending the 24 hours you have each day. Take some of these questions into consideration:
What is your work schedule like?
How much time are you spending on social media?
What time are you waking up in the morning and going to sleep at night?
After you’ve taken the time to see how you are spending your 24 hours, create a realistic schedule that allows you to have a little more work-life balance. The goal is to limit time-wasting activities and time-wasting people. For example, maybe you wake up at 8:00 a.m. every day and spend 30 minutes scrolling on Instagram. Try switching that up.
Spend 5 min on Instagram and the other 25 minutes doing a short at-home workout. If you spend 2 hours every night watching TV, try switching it up and pick a couple of nights during the week for TV time and use the other nights to work on the side project you’ve been putting off. At the end of the day, it comes down to prioritizing your tasks and setting a realistic schedule to get them done.
Learn to Say “No”
We love to stay busy, and sometimes our commitments can lead to an overflowing calendar. Before you say “yes” to that next brunch, happy hour, or other outings that you might feel obligated to go to, know that it’s ok to say “no”. Your health comes first and if your body is tired, or you just need some time for yourself, whoever you are turning down will understand.
Try this, instead of agreeing to something on the spot, tell them you need to check your calendar and get back to them. If you need the weekend to recharge and get some things done around the house, just let them know that you appreciate the invite, but you simply don’t have the time.
For many of us, unplugging is easier said than done, but it’s a move that can surely help you reset. Turn off your phone, close your email and take some time to tap into something that makes you feel good.
This could be an hour each day working out, reading, cooking, or just simply take a long hot shower with your favorite skincare products and playlists. Have a full day to unplug? Take a small drive and explore a new city, or hike. Tune into your surroundings and take some time to reset.
Remember when it comes to maintaining a healthy work-life balance, you come first. Prioritize your time and cut back on time-wasting activities, learn to say “no”, and unplug every once in a while to reset. You are a boss woman so it’s important that you take care of yourself just as much as you take charge of your career.
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