Do you put in extra time at work and feel like you have less time to spend outside enjoying spring? Here are five ways to bring a little more balance to work and life.
Manage Your Time
Not taking time for yourself can lead to burn out. To avoid that and maintain a healthy work-life balance, it’s important to set boundaries. When you’re at the office you shouldn’t let your personal life get in the way of your work. Apply the same philosophy to your life and don’t allow work to interrupt your time with friends and family. Setting boundaries will also give you extra time to rest and recharge, allowing you to do your best at your job when you’re there.
Turn off Technology
Today’s technology like smartphones, tablets and laptops make it easy to access your work when you are at home or on vacation. To help prevent yourself from doing work-related activities, turn off your cell phone while you are with family or friends and don’t answer any work emails in your off hours.
A walk, stretching, or a trip to the gym can help you achieve a better work/life balance. Exercise will invigorate and refresh you because it pumps up your brain’s feel-good neurotransmitters, called endorphins. Physical activity will also improve your mood and your sleep, which can be disrupted by the anxiety or pressure you may feel at work.
Try New Things
Spring is the season of new beginnings and fresh starts. It’s a great time to try new ideas, start new projects or activities, and take advantage of new opportunities. Take a look at the activities in your life that don’t enhance your career or personal life, and cut them out. Try introducing something different and exciting into your life will help you be happy, challenge you and make work/life balance better. In Spring there a variety of activities to consider – gardening, playing sports or hiking, etc. Take up a hobby that allows you to spend more time with friends and family, and brings out your creative side.
Start with Small Changes
To achieve a better work/life balance you don’t have to make sweeping changes to your life. Try setting realistic goals, like leaving the office earlier one or two nights per week and slowly build more activities into your schedule that are important to you. Spend 30 minutes to an hour a week on simple hobbies you enjoy like reading, taking a walk or listening to music. You can also plan a getaway weekend for a longer period of relaxation. You don’t have to go far. But the change in venue can be a great way to recharge your batteries.