You feel a responsibility to your work, a need for a personal life and what can sometimes feel like a hopeless desire for a little more time to spend on the activities you enjoy most. Finding the right work-life balance may not require working less hours, but it will require a greater focus on how your time is spent. Here are five tips from WebMD that may help bring balance back to your daily routine:
1. Build downtime into your schedule
: Building activities that you enjoy into your schedule not only gives you something to look forward to during your week, it ensures that your priorities are just that. Unscheduled time has a tendency of escaping even the best of intentions.
2. Drop activities that sap your time or energy
: Your habits could be working against you without your knowledge. Spending time checking bank accounts, collecting office gossip and engaging in other similar counterproductive activities sap your time at work and may even be preventing you from leaving work earlier.
3. Rethink your errands
: Find ways to reduce time-consuming errands and chores. Try sending that birthday card online, having your dry cleaning done at work, even consider trading services with friends for activities you enjoy or were planning on doing anyway.
4. Get moving
: The benefits of exercise are well documented. Even if it’s only a couple times a week, working exercise into your schedule can increase your energy level and keep you more alert throughout the day.
5. Remember that a little relaxation goes a long way
: Trying to make drastic changes to your routine can quickly become overwhelming. Take small steps to build changes into your schedule. This may mean leaving the office an hour earlier once a week or taking a walk during your lunch break. Taking 10-15 minutes of your day to do something you enjoy can go a long way towards maintaining your work-life balance.