The juggling act between the demands of a job and the rest of your life becomes difficult at times. Many of us find ourselves working several more hours a month on job-related tasks thanks to technology. Plus, because of the instant contact that comes from our handheld devices, job tasks are often creeping into time that should be spent at home on living and not working.
So how do you keep juggling them without dropping something?
By setting some boundaries and reclaiming some of your home life. Here are a few tips that can possibly get you back to a safer balance between work and life.
1 – Plan For Downtime
I know, it sounds a bit odd to have to purposely schedule time for such things as favourite activities, time for family, friends and other social pursuits but it really does help. For example, a night out with friends, a special evening in with a partner or new experience to spoil yourself all create things to look forward to when they are noted on your calendar.
These special ‘downtime’ events allow you to recharge and regain some territory that may have been lost to extended work chores. By making a point to plan non-work related events into your week, you help swing the balance back in your favour.
2 – Pick The Right Activities
One more way to correct the juggling act between work and home is to drop activities that add little or no value to your time. For example, working on a project with a co-worker that is not organized and is not focused on the task. This just wastes your time and saps your energy. You have to decide what enhances your career and personal life and base your choices on that.
Asking to be removed from the time wasting project will not hurt your career. If anything, it will give you time to work more efficiently on a different work project which will give you an opportunity to better juggle work. It may also eliminate taking unfinished work home to complete.
3 – Get Into Motion
While you’re plotting time in your weekly schedule for downtime, also fit slots into place for exercise. It doesn’t have to be intense if you are just a walker or have not exercised for a long time. The point of getting active is that research has proven exercise will assist you in staying alert and if you can do it before going to work a few days a week, you will also benefit from an energy boost. This could increase your productivity a great deal at the workplace.
Also, exercise will keep your body strong and healthy. It will increase your immune system to where you will not get as sick as you would if you were worn down from a long stretch of late nights working on job tasks. Exercise will improve your mood, the way you feel about yourself and how you see things around you. It will allow you to juggle things more efficiently.
4 – Chill Out
Don’t expect to suddenly solve the life-work balance in a few days. This takes time and requires baby steps. If you can manage leaving the office early one day a week, that’s a start. If you have a hectic day, find ten minutes to go away from the setting and recharge. Eventually you will find ways to schedule downtime, eliminate time wasting activities and add exercise to your days.
The Life Coach Connection
Life coaching is about finding balance and mastering how to juggle all the things we tend to throw in the air to catch later. One of the most important juggling acts is the one that pulls us between work and living our lives. I hope these tips have provided you with some inspiration and hope. For more assistance with the challenges you find in your life, call me. I’m a life coach and I can help.