Dr. Matt Jacob, Chiropractor
If the phrase work-life balance doesn’t ring any bells, then this article will highlight some healthy steps you can make to take control of your life again. You can’t manage your time, only your energy levels. What do Oprah Winfrey, Richard Branson & Elon Musk all have in common with you? They also have just 24 hours in the day.
With the advent of smart phones, tablets and internet basically everywhere, how many of you have answered emails or accessed your work files from home? I can guarantee the same question 10 years ago, would get a much different answer. With no physical separation from the workplace, people are contactable 24/7 and in some industries, this can lead to unhealthy levels of stress.
Changing your life can feel uncomfortable, especially when it comes to upsetting a routine. There never seems to be enough time and the workloads never ease but change can always be achieved. If this wasn’t the case, mountains would never be climbed, records broken or bad habits such as smoking kicked.
Everything starts with a thought, so lets focus on mindset:
- Acknowledge that only a certain amount of work can be achieved in one day. You are but one person
- Don’t feel guilty when taking time off during non-working hours. It’s your time, not the company’s
- Your family and friends need you, and you need them. Invest time with both and it will help you draw a line in the sand between work and home
Now take action:
- Use a day planner and stick to it. Recognise that what doesn’t fit goes to the next day
- Take breaks. Build downtime into your day. Turn the phone onto silent, remove yourself from the workplace and chill out for a few minutes.
- Set time aside each day to check emails, and don’t deviate from it. If you want an email to be read, send it early in the morning.
- Rethink errands – shop online for groceries and have them delivered, pay the kids down the street to mow your lawn. Do exchanges with friends. If you like to cook but don’t like wrapping presents, freeze a few meals in exchange for having your holiday gifts sorted.
- Spend less time on social media. Enough said.
Make sure your goals are realistic and you implement them gradually. Prioritise your energy for the things that ignite your joy and life can start to light up again.