Most people value their time off as much as they do their work. So it’s important to make sure you make the most of your time off while still enjoying what you do in your career. And with the increase in people working from home, it can be difficult for many people to separate work and home. However, there are many ways to manage your schedule to maintain a fluid balance between work and life.
1. Be clear about work-life boundaries
Have a good understanding of your work responsibilities. Know your worth and the value you add to your job. Be mindful and realistic about your personal and family needs. Avoid accepting additional projects at work or working overtime if it will add to your stress or negatively affect your home life and relationships. Also, maintain set working hours and only respond to work calls and emails during those times.
2. Stay focused
It’s easy to let your mind wander while completing tasks. Try not to multitask or check Instagram, TikTok, or your email while working on something important. You’re likely to be more productive if you commit to the task at hand and enjoy scrolling on social media at other set times.
3. Plan your schedule well ahead of time
Think about the milestones you have coming up in your personal life (birthdays, holidays, spiritual observances, family vacations, etc.) and request time off accordingly to recharge. Planning ahead allows you to prioritize life outside of work while giving you time to handle any work tasks in advance. It also decreases the likelihood of schedule conflicts as well as stress associated with last-minute planning so you don’t find yourself running around trying to get everything done at once.
4. Spend time with loved ones
Make sure to spend time with your family and friends as much as possible, even if it’s just an hour or two each week. This is especially important during difficult seasons or times of transition such as moving to a new city or starting a new job.
5. Take care of yourself first
It’s the last of the tips but probably the most important. Make sure you’re getting enough sleep, eating a balanced diet, and drinking a lot of water. Visit your family doctor, dentist, and eye doctor as recommended. Lastly, make sure that you have an outlet outside of work and family and get to enjoy a little “me time”.
We understand that some people have barriers that prevent them from being able to practice these tips without support. If you need assistance, please contact us and we will do our best to help you or connect you with resources in your area.
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If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. You can also text “HOME” to 741741 to chat with a volunteer Crisis Counselor who will help you work through a rough moment.
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