How many times a day do you say “I don’t have time for this!”?
What if I told you, you do have time?
I often get asked “How do you do it all?” simple….I actually don’t do it ALL.
I believe the real key to work-life balance is prioritizing and being productive.
You can benefit greatly from simply focusing on what’s important and when it’s important. We get so easily distracted and end up working on things that are getting us absolutely NO WHERE. Work life balance can be achieved when we focus and stop procrastinating.
Let’s get to it! I’ve put together 7 tips that you can practice to achieve work-life balance without going absolutely INSANE.
- Set Boundaries at Work – We function in a technology driven world where we are constantly checking emails and always on our phones. I used to constantly check my e-mails at work from my phone on the weekends and after hours. In my first job, I made the mistake of giving people access to me 24/7. I remember one night I had a client call me at 12am! I had just got home from a work event and they were upset with their commissions for the night and wanted to chat about it right then and there. I should’ve set boundaries in the very beginning and let people know what hours I’m available. The sooner you set these boundaries, the better. It may be a bit hard to establish these boundaries once you’ve already given people access to you so often. However, it’s important to let them know that in order for you to be the best version of yourself, you need to unplug a bit. I do understand that may not be very realistic in your current role or if you’re an entrepreneur. If that’s the case, I would try to establish a set amount of hours during the day that you are unavailable for work purposes. For example, you should make it well know that from 4-6pm you are unavailable for anything work-related. Setting boundaries can be difficult, but if you are open, honest and properly communicate with your team, you should be fine!
- Get Off Your Phone – We waste so much time on our phones. We use it to fill in the gaps of time that we aren’t sure what to do with. Sometimes I wish phones didn’t exist so it would force us to get more creative with how we spend out time. For example, if I’m waiting on a meeting at work to start, I might log onto Instagram for a quick second to see what’s going on. In that time, I could’ve been quickly brainstorming on meal preps for next week, or even filling that empty time with something productive. I try to practice refraining from getting on my phone in the morning until AFTER I’ve finished getting ready. Do you know how much faster you get ready when you’re not on your phone? I challenge you to try it one day this week, you might be surprised at how much more productive you become!
- Make Use of Every minute of Your Day – We always complain about not having enough time in the day, yet we waste so much time on unproductive activities. You need to evaluate how you spend your time and really think about how it’s contributing to your productivity. I like to time-block my days so that I be sure that I am not wasting time anywhere. This also allows me to focus on where I’m spending my time. I can easily look back at my calendar from a previous week and see how many hours I devoted to a certain task. This is great for planning out your day and making the most of it!
- Create a To-Do List – From the time your feet hit the floor, to the time you lay your head on your pillow, what is it that you want to have accomplished? Maybe read to your kids? Organize your pantry? Work on that project that’s been nagging you? Whatever it is, write down the most important tasks you want to accomplish. Keep that list handy and refer back to it throughout the day. If what you are working on isn’t helping you complete one of those tasks, then you’re working on the wrong thing. Which leads me to why you need to…
- Prioritize Your To-Do List – We often end up working on tasks that really aren’t all that important at the moment, or can wait. I tend to do this simply because I don’t want to tackle what I REALLY need to be working on…which is really procrastination at its best. If there’s something that I know is going to be a bit difficult to complete, I typically avoid it and work on something else. I’ve gotten much better at just tackling that head on, it feels better once I’ve accomplished it and then I can move on to bigger and better things.
- Outsource as Much as You Can – There are businesses out there for everything under the sun! Take a look at some of your tasks that take up a lot of your time and find out what you can afford to have someone else do. For example, I don’t shop for my own groceries anymore. I use Kroger’s Clicklist and order my groceries online the day before or in the morning. All I have to do is drive to Kroger and when I get there they will bring my groceries to the car and I’m off to cook dinner for the week! Sidenote: This also saves me money because I don’t end up browsing through the store and buying unnecessary items. I encourage you to make a list of time-consuming activities, or tasks that you simply don’t like doing. Figure out if you can outsource those tasks, and look at your budget to see if you can afford it. Outsourcing is AMAZING, and especially great for all you business owners out there!
- Exercise – I’ll admit, this is the area that I struggle with the most. I just struggle to motivate myself to get up and exercise. But once I do…I feel so much better and I find myself with more energy throughout the day. If you want to be productive and be able to balance everything, you need to be healthy and of sound mind. If you cannot do that if you are always tired with no energy. I try to take fitness classes or do at home workouts that are fun and I enjoy. There’s an adult ballet class just up the street that I really love! There are so many activities out there that can get you up and going, pilates, yoga, Zumba, spin, the list goes on and on. Find out what type of exercise you enjoy and to try to do that at least three times a week.
I’m confident that if you focus, prioritize and become more productive, you’ll be able to start seeing those changes within your life. Is there anything that you do to help you balance everything that I left out? Share it with me in the comments below!