12 Steps to Strategically Balancing Your Life and Work
A healthy work/life balance is probably something you really want to achieve, but it’s getting harder and harder in this modern world. The good news is that you can use your professional strategic skills to get some balance back into your life. Here’s how in 12 easy steps.
1. Log Your Time
Maybe you’re used to tracking your time for billing clients at work, but why not apply it to how you’re spending all your time? Just for a week, note down every activity, and you’ll see how you’re shortchanging your downtime. What time-wasting activities could you forgo so you have more time for deep relaxation and self-care?
Set aside some time to work out what is important to you right now. Are you happy to focus on your career goals, or would you like to spend more time on more personal goals? What do you need to do less or more of? What can you do differently?
3. Set Some New Goals
Drawing on your new life priority list, set some concrete goals, and allocate time to achieving them.
4. Schedule, schedule, schedule!
Link the calendars on your smartphone or computer. Set daily and weekly tasks to help you stay on track. Don’t forget to include self-commitments, like time for a hobby or a yoga class.
5. Set Clear Boundaries
Set limits to your work and home commitments and make it clear that they are not negotiable. Turn off your phone in the evening and on weekends so you can spend quality time with your loved ones.
6. Stay Healthy
Make healthy eating a top priority. To keep yourself in maximum condition, you must start taking time to eat regular, healthy meals. No more skipping lunch!
7. Tend to Your Relationships
Relationships with family and friends need nurturing. They need your attention just as much, if not more than your job does. Schedule it if necessary.
8. Tend to Your Self
Spending quality time with those you love should include yourself! Schedule “me time” into your calendar to make sure it happens.
9.Leave Work at the Office
Break the habit of ‘just checking’ your emails at home. Close the office door behind you and switch off.
10. Explore Your Entitlements
Many companies actively support a better work/life balance by offering flexible hours, job sharing, or part-time employment. See what you’re entitled to and use it.
11. Work Smarter
There are so many time management practices that can help you use your time more efficiently. As well as apps and technology, learning to say ‘no’ effectively will stand you in good stead.
12. Ask for Help
Learning to ask for help is the adult response to feeling overwhelmed. Delegating, sharing tasks, or outsourcing home responsibilities will help get your life back in balance so you can enjoy it.
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Of all the skills you could spend time developing, strategic thinking is perhaps one of the most important. This is true whether you’re looking to build your professional life or trying to adjust your life in general.
Why strategic thinking?
The answer lies in the very definition of the word itself. Strategic thinking starts with how we look at a situation. To think strategically, we assess the situation, ask out-of-the-box questions, and analyze our findings. From there, we can come up with a strategy that will take us where we want to go.
This is the absolute beauty of strategic thinking. When we are fully engaged and intentional in our goals, we aren’t just floundering around. Strategic thinking is about taking control of your life. It’s where you gain clarity and direction. Once you start thinking strategically, things begin to happen! You find you’re able to move more swiftly toward the things you dream about, and that your accomplishments are higher and better than you ever thought possible.
With strategic thinking you can:
• Find our focus
• Stay rational and logical when making choices about what to do next
• Figure out the next step and the one after that.
• Move confidently toward the future
It’s time to get started and get organized!
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