7 Ways to Balance Your Life
Do you ever feel like you spend too much time doing the things you’re supposed to do rather than spending time enjoying your life? How each of us enjoys our lives is different; many find common ground in socializing or being outdoors, though there are all kinds of ways to take time out from our busy lives and do something that we enjoy, whatever it may be. I often struggle to find the right balance between life, school, and “work” (the blog), mostly because I’d rather be blogging than most other things!
Schedule free time into your life. Don’t let yourself make excuses for why you aren’t hanging out with your honey, putting off that family dinner, or just not doing your favorite activity. It’s easy to put it off if you haven’t actually penciled in a time for it. Put it on your schedule so it becomes part of your day, part of your to-do list, in a sense. It may seem counterintuitive–planning your free time–but it’ll help you stick to your schedule.
Take 5 minutes before your start your day to pump YOU up. Before you start your day, tell yourself five good things about YOU. Compliment YOU. Then tell yourself five things you’re going to do today, whether it’s put makeup on, give your kids a kiss–pick five and then do them. Not only will you boost your self-confidence and start your day off on a positive note, but then you’ve created five mini-goals–and they’re as easy or difficult as you want them to be.
Get away from your desk/work. When possible, get out of your office, school, etc. for lunch or fifteen minute breaks. If the weather is nice, take a stroll around the building or away from it.
Re-read your favorite book. It’s important to spend time reading and enjoying things that aren’t required reading. If you’re not into books, try magazines, news articles, etc. instead. I always like to re-read my favorite books when I’m really busy with school reading, because I can just enjoy it–I know my favorite parts, I know the ending.
Take 5 minutes to de-stress before coming home. By coming home, I ultimately mean before you settle into your home, particularly if you live with others. Just take a few minutes to breathe and let go of any stress from the day. Your home is your sanctuary!
Go on vacation! Even if you can only afford to take a couple of days off from school/work, take them. And you don’t have to go to a ritzy resort if it’s not in your budget, either! You can have a stay-cation, too. Just spend the time relaxing, enjoying life, and not thinking about school/work, even if it’s just for a day or two.
Stop checking email in bed. This is something I’m terrible at not doing, but it can be so helpful. Sometimes you get action item emails before you go to bed, or you’ll see something that makes you jump out of bed as soon as you wake up… and before you know it, you’re not even doing what you’re supposed to be doing in bed–winding down or waking up.
Put pictures of things/people you love nearby your workspace. In your car, wallet, cubicle, office, computer, etc., keep a few photos of the people and things that are meaningful to you. Remember that you have a life outside of your school/work and those pictures will remind you every time you look at them.
Do you feel like you have balance in your life?
This post was inspired by the course I’ve been taking this weekend called Spirit of the New Workplace. For my group presentation, we tackled work/life balance and how we could find ways to implement it in our own lives.