It’s the first Monday of the month and I wanted to take a moment to (hopefully) inspire you with some #MondayMotivation. Most of us are returning from a holiday weekend feeling rejuvenated and refreshed. But with the stress of the holiday (especially those in Retail) how can we maintain ourselves? Let’s talk about Balance.
Whenever someone asks what I’ve been up to, I never know where to begin! Do I talk about my “9-to-5” where I manage a concierge company? Or do I talk about new challenges and accomplishments with co-managing a Jazzhop musician? Maybe the acting classes and projects I’m involved in. Maybe parenthood and prepping for the holiday season? All of these things take up a lot of time and very often I see my plate getting full, but somehow I seem to manage. Don’t ask me how, I just do.
Never fear! Here are some tips for Balancing Work & Life:
1. Build downtime into your schedule.
When you plan your week, make it a point to schedule time with your family and friends, and activities that help you recharge. If a date night with your spouse or a softball game with friends is on your calendar, you’ll have something to look forward to and an extra incentive to manage your time well so you don’t have to cancel.
2. Drop activities that sap your time or energy.
Take stock of activities that don’t enhance your career or personal life, and minimize the time you spend on them. You may even be able to leave work earlier if you make a conscious effort to limit the time you spend on the web and social media sites, making personal calls, gossiping, or checking your bank balance. “We often get sucked into these habits that are making us much less efficient without realizing it,” Stack says.
3. Rethink your errands.
Consider whether you can outsource any of your time-consuming household chores or errands. Could you order your groceries online and have them delivered? Hire a kid down the street to mow your lawn? Have your dry cleaning picked up and dropped off at your home or office? Order your stamps online so you don’t have to go to the post office? Even if you’re on a tight budget, you may discover that the time you’ll save will make it worth it.
4. Get moving.
It’s hard to make time for exercise when you have a jam-packed schedule, but it may ultimately help you get more done by boosting your energy level and ability to concentrate.
5. Remember that a little relaxation goes a long way.
Don’t assume that you need to make big changes to bring more balance to your life. Brooks recommends setting realistic goals, like leaving the office earlier 1 night per week. Even during a hectic day, you can take 10 or 15 minutes to do something that will recharge your batteries. “Take a bath, read a trashy novel, go for a walk, or listen to music,” Stack says. “You have to make a little time for the things that ignite your joy.”
Peace, Balance, and Love,