How to Achieve a Better Work-Life Balance

Having a demanding career can take away precious time from your personal life. While you’re probably technically only supposed to have an 8 to 10 hour work day, it’s not uncommon to go beyond that and even work on the weekends.

A busy career life can certainly be profitable from a monetary perspective. However, when you take a look at your life as a whole, it can be unhealthy to work too much. If there is no balance between your work life and personal life, it can begin to have an impact on your mental and emotional strength and even be detrimental to your personal relationships.

Ideally, you want a life where you can spend quality time with your family, friends, and yourself, while still staying on top of your career. How do you do that?

Here are some helpful tips:

  • Create a more balanced schedule each week. Make sure that you allocate enough time for everything you need: downtime for yourself, time to spend with your family and friends, and time for work. Be on top of your game and plan your week in advance.
  • Reconsider your priorities. Though there are many things you want to do in life, try to prioritize doing what’s most important first. If you try to do everything all at once, you end up running out of time and energy – and having a lot of unfinished projects. Sorting out your priorities will help you determine which activities you need to do first, so you can allocate enough time and energy to get them done.
  • Set some limits. Learn to say “no” if you need to. When you are spending time with your family, learn to say “no” when it comes to answering phone calls or emails. Set some boundaries between your personal life and your work, so you can fully enjoy each aspect and be in the moment when you’re doing each.
  • Seek help. It is better if you have someone to help you when it comes to work or fulfilling your goals. Ask a loved one to help you fulfill your obligations at home or hire an assistant to help you at the office. A helping hand is always useful when there is more on your plate than you can handle.
  • Rest. Take the time to relax and breathe, even if it’s just for a few minutes. Resting your body will give you more energy and strength to work and achieve your goals. Always take care of yourself.

-Germaine Parra Avila

Author, Searching for the Caravan, a Reconciliation with Love, Science and Divinity
Speaker, Feng Shui Specialist, Real Estate

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