“Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm, and harmony.”
Feeling unhappy? Do you feel like your job is taking over your life? Take a breath and give yourself a few minutes to read this article and find out how to bring some balance into your life.
Wikipedia explains work-life balance as a concept including proper prioritizing between “work” (career and ambition) and “lifestyle” (health, pleasure, leisure, family and spiritual development/meditation).
So what exactly does work-life balance look like? Well, that’s a tough question because it is going to be different for everyone. Some people argue that pursuing balance between your job and personal life is what is making us unhappy from the get go. Hey, if you love spending all waking hours of the day plugging away at your business then by all means fill your boots. If not then here are some helpful things you can do to create some harmony.
Prioritize. If you can find 15 minutes in your busy schedule to do this then do it. Sit down and make yourself an ABC list of items that are most and least important in your day to day. Really scrutinize your list and figure out what is essential. Is the world really going to end if you don’t sweep your kitchen today? Take action, create efficiency and let the little things go.
Choice. Don’t forget you always have the power to choose and sometimes saying no is ok. Learning to say no can be difficult for some people but in the end, it can save you a lot of mental stress and time.
Time Management. Time management is essential in balancing out your tasks. When you’re at work put your head down and work. Easier said than done yes, but really try to leave Facebook, cellphones and other personal priorities on the back burner so that you can focus. Get your work done and this way you won’t have to take it home with you. The same goes when you’re at home, try to leave those pesky work emails alone. Compartmentalize your business and pleasure separately and this will make all the difference in the world.
Positivity. A positive mind frame in your personal and professional life is very important. Keep your mind clear of the negatives that can eat away at your mental state. Meditation and visualization are a couple of great ways to boost self-esteem and feel great! Don’t forget to do things that make you happy regularly. Take vacations and set aside time to enjoy with family and friends, don’t forget to laugh!
Be healthy. Your own health should always be your number one priority, but so often we take this for granted. Sleep often and take naps! Don’t feel bad about taking time for yourself to relax when most of the time it’s what our bodies really need. Eating healthy and regular exercise will help to fight off those negative feelings and even though it might be hard to get motivated to get on that treadmill you’re going to feel so much better after you do it!
Statistic Brain lists job pressure and money as the number one and two spots on its list of present-day stressors.
If you made it this far then you’re already on the right track to being a better you. Continue to make positive choices that fit into your lifestyle and help you lead a more peaceful life.
Visit Zen Habits For their great article on the joys of letting go of stress and other articles on balance and being in the present.