Health experts worldwide resoundingly agree that workers in all labor categories must maintain a balance between their work and social lives.
Whether you’re still answering work-related emails at 10 P.M. each night or, you’re a student juggling with 5 classes and endless homework every week, finding that ideal work-life balance can be difficult.
Here, we offer five tips on how to create a good work-life balance, without running yourself down.
1. Get mobile: Amanda Alvaro, managing director at Narrative Public Relations, says “Work doesn’t always have to happen from behind a desk. Use mobile technology to allow you to unplug and spend an afternoon working from your favorite cafe, local park or cottage dock.”
By putting yourself in comfortable surroundings, you’ll likely be more productive and — though you’re working — you’ll feel like you’ve fit in some “me” time.
2. Be efficient with your time at work: When we procrastinate, the task often grows in our minds until it seems insurmountable. So when you face a big project at work, school or home, start immediately (if you can) by dividing it into smaller tasks. Complete the first one before moving on to the next, and don’t forget to give yourself small rewards upon each completion. In this way, you can get most of your work done effectively and efficiently, while leaving plenty of time for family and friends.
3. Keep an updated schedule: This is a great way to make use of the calendar app on your phone. Take the time to add your class and work schedule, as well as any due dates for your assignments/projects. Set aside specific times throughout the week to focus on things like homework, laundry, and the gym.
4. Don’t leave the fun for the weekends only: Although it is typical to reserve fun things for the weekends, try to plan at least one enjoyable activity during the week. You’ll be able to head into your work week with something to look forward to and have a way to blow off some steam if the week starts off too strong. Better yet, look for activities that incorporate work and play so you can kill two birds with one stone. Examples include mixers and networking events in your field.
5. Make time for yourself: Whether this means spending time with friends, visiting family, or even just taking a moment to relax by yourself, it is important for your well-being to have some time set aside away from work and school. Once you have finished important tasks, be sure to find some way to treat yourself and clear your head. Following this simple advice might not melt all your stress away, but it will help you stay sane while still maintaining a busy schedule.
6. Get a good night’s sleep: We regularly hear about the benefits of getting more sleep, from maintaining a strong immune system to improving our moods, but we seldom manage to actually implement this advice. If you really take the time to improve the quality of your sleep, your stress levels will go down and you’ll be able to think more clearly and make fewer mistakes in your work.