I work (funny word usage here) on keeping a balance but it is a constant struggle. Setting limits is the key.
We know that time is the same for all of us so it is up to us to make decisions on how we use it.
- Track how you use your time now. This is always a first step on using your time wisely. It's a lot like planning a budget. You need to know how you use your resources now so you can plan on how you want to move forward.
- Use your calendar. Know when and where you have obligations that must be kept. Mark out times to do self care routines like taking walks, doing yoga, or meditation. Plan ahead times for days off with family and vacations.
- Delegate time sucking tasks that others can do better than you or that you hate to do. This allows available time to do the things you do best in your work and leave time for rest and fun.
- Leave work at work. This is really a hard one. When I walk out of my home office, I try to leave the work behind. I only take work related phone calls after that time, if I suspect it is going to impact tomorrow's schedule. When on vacation, I limit the times I check email, voicemail, and texts. I attend to what I feel is very important and make notes to attend to other tasks when I return home.
- Learn to say no. Be selective in what volunteer work or extra projects you take on. You do no one a favor if you set yourself up for failure or collapse by taking on too much.
Good luck to us all as we continue on this journey of balance and happiness.
Jonda S. Beattie