Four Suggestions To Improve Your Work-Life Balance

As the demands of your work life become more demanding of your attention it becomes all the more challenging to successfully balance the demands of your career with your "real" life. Even if you don't have a lot of control over the demands of your job, the hours needed to get it all done, or even what may be coming at you next, it is important that you don't lose sight of what parts of your life you can control and the things that make you the happiest.

Here are a few guidelines that can help you bring a bit more balance to your hectic life:
    * SCHEDULE YOUR DOWN TIME LIKE ANY OTHER TASK The secret is to be proactive and create a daily or weekly schedule for yourself. Instead of taking each day as it comes, planning in advance will allow you to schedule a "date night" with your partner, or a long lunch with a friend. Even if you typically enjoy some free time during the weekends, scheduling pleasant tasks like a movie or a family outing will ensure that this open time doesn't slip away.
    * BE SURE EXERCISE IS ON YOUR SCHEDULE Making time for exercise several times a week will help you get more done in the long run by increasing your energy levels and will also help your concentration.
    * DELETE TASKS (AND PEOPLE) WITH NO VALUE That may sound harsh but many of us waste a lot of time on task, or people, that bring little or no value to our lives. Make a list the tasks you spend time on during the day, including personal phone calls and time spent on social websites and you might be very surprised how much of your irretrievable time is being spent. Just by cutting these out of your day will certainly leave more time for your other, enjoyable, activities. Who knows, you might even be able to leave work early!
    * JUST A LITTLE RELAXATION GOES QUITE A WAYS Whatever you do, don't turn relaxation into a challenge. There is just no need to uproot your whole life seeking a better balance.
Things will work much better if you simply add more pleasant activities to your schedule a little at a time. Even finding an hour every week will help. Even on the most jammed days to everything you can to find twenty to thirty minutes for yourself. Just this small amount of time will help recharge your batteries and improve your outlook on life.

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