Work/life balance is not just a catchy phrase we throw around for fun. Without balance, there can be some serious consequences to one’s health and both personal and professional relationships. Sometimes it is hard to get into balance, but balance is achievable if you follow a few easy steps.

First things first, it’s time to evaluate how you spend your time. It is important to include commuting time and sleep. When analyzing work time, pay close attention to time spent on email and meetings. Having to step into meetings numerous time a day or week along with constantly feeling the need to check your email are both huge culprits in eating up your precious time!

Now that you know how you are spending your time, you can create a schedule. Schedule time for work activities along with blocking time with family and friends. Color coding can be very useful! Time with family and friends tends to drop off when there is an imbalance. Adding time throughout the week will keep work and life in balance and help foster better relationships. Blocking your time will hold you accountable and instantly make you feel like you are in control of your day. Checking something off your schedule once it is complete is a wonderful feeling! And don’t forget to add breaks in your schedule so you remember to take them.

Don’t forget to schedule in time to work out. Whether it is a walk during lunch or an early morning run, movement is essentially to work/life balance. Thirty minutes of exercise five times per week will help reverse some of the negative effects of work/life imbalance such as sleep disturbances. It is also proven to boost brain function, which will increase productivity both at work and at home. Grab your friend in the office and walk around outside during lunch. Sitting for 8 hours a day is awful for you both mentally and physically.

The first few weeks may be a challenge to stick to your new schedule, but it will become so natural before you know it! Your mind and body will thank you for it.


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