2 Tips for a Rewarding Work/Life Balance

Just use a calendar to keep yourself on track.

An old proverb says, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” In real life, we sometimes work only and don’t play, but it’s important to keep a work/life balance. These two tips illustrate just how to achieve this.

So Easy, Kids Can Do It

1. From an early age some kids seem to master the art of taking on hosts of tasks, with ease. Multitasking much? So, we can take a page from their book, when it comes to keeping the work/life balance how it should be. For example, by limiting our contact with individuals who drain our energy level, we can have more time for ourselves. This means avoiding that colleague or acquaintance, who constantly complains about their situation, but refuses to make any effort toward changing it; even after you offer-up suggestions on how they may be able to make things better.

Yes, while it’s true that everyone needs a sounding-board, this situation has the potential to become progressively worse, if not put in check. Moreover, you need your energy to tackle the foreseen and unforeseen events that are bound to pop-up in your life. While you don’t have to sever ties completely, you can keep the person at bay; at least until you can muster up the strength to deal with the situation. You also may want to evaluate your circumstance by determining if the person adds any value to your life.

2. As the demands pile-on, it’s more and more important to spend time with our family and friends. Why is this necessary? They can provide a way for us to escape the norm, for the time being. In other words, they can add a little spice to our life.

Sometimes it can be hard to schedule this much-needed reprieve with those closest to us, but we must make time for it. A suggestion on this front, is to make it a point to schedule time with your family and friends, when you first plan your week. Just use a calendar to keep yourself on track, this will also serve as an added reminder that you have something to look forward to.

Much Easier Than It Sounds

Most of us have the work part down pat, now we just need to factor in some time for ourselves. With that, we spend a huge chunk of the day at work, so a little fun-time is in order. Wouldn’t you agree?

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-Kimberly Williams

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