Have you ever felt that you are overwhelmed by the amount of work that you need to get done? Do you feel that it becomes a strenuous effort for you to even show up at work? If you answered yes to both questions, it seems you are having a work-life imbalance issue. Unfortunately, it is quite easy in this day an age for you to get burned out through stress and anxiety. Luckily for you, there are many ways for you to bring back your work-life balance. Just check out these helpful tips.
Adhere to your schedule
For many people working involves working at home. Now, if you have never worked at home, then you really don’t understand that many of us work 24/7. We are always checking email, making phone calls, writing, and trying to secure new clients. I am not saying that those you that do not work from home don’t work 24/7, but you are not in the same environment like us. You get to transition to your home life and leave your work life behind for the day.
However, making sure that you work within your work schedule can be the best thing you do. If you are always extending your work, this is a first time that there is an imbalance. When working longer you are exposing yourself to more stress, which can potentially be harmful to you. That is why it is best to work a solid eight hours. Of course, you can always work less, if you wish, but the maximum should be eight hours. Once the work time is over, leave work behind. This is your time to relax and do what pleases you.
Put some down time in your schedule
How many of us have free time? Probably not many of us these days. We are so caught up in our work and I bet most of us work 24/7, which is not good for us at all. Next time you plan your week plan a day off. I mean a real day off, which means spending time with your family and/or children, go out and see the world. During this free day you should not do anything that has to do with work. Work will always be there the next day, so don’t worry about the emails, phone calls, and all the other things racing in your head because this is your day and you will go out and enjoy it to the fullest.
Don’t fall in love with adrenaline
We all know that adrenaline will keep your behind moving, but the extra energy will always tempt you into working longer. If you remember from earlier, working longer equals stress. We do not need the stress, correct? Aren’t we trying to get rid of all the stress that work and life can cause?
This is why you should keep your adrenaline levels stable because if not it can lead to depression, inability to relax, and even sleeping problems. Basically, in order for you to have a good work-life balance you need to keep your adrenaline levels in check.
Ask for other’s help
It is 100% ok to ask for others help. Sometimes we think we can handle so much, but in reality we cannot. We freak out once we see how much we really have to do. Asking for help can ease the tension. It will benefit you tremendously and you will see the results almost instantly.
Just say NO
As freelancers and independent contractors, we all know that it is either feast or famine. There is never a perfect balance. When the feast time comes along we tend to take everything that we can get because we know the famine time will be right around the corner.
Did you know it is okay to decline? I don’t mean to deny every job, but decline the jobs that don’t interest you, pay too little, stressful jobs, and ones that you believe will take a long time to complete.
Keep your Smartphone away
Whether you work from home or work in an office, we are all attached to our Smartphones. Don’t our employers know that we have lives to live too? Do they understand that we are not workaholics? The short answer is no. If they have important news they will email each and every one of us to tell us! Half the time we really do not care about this news because it usually doesn’t pertain to us. This is why once you get off of work don’t look at your work email. Forget about work because work will always be there in the morning. Once you step foot out of the door tell yourself that you are officially off of work and you will see it tomorrow.
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