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Juggling Work Life Balance… Is It Impossible To Master? What Do You Think? – 5 Work Life Balance Tips for you to Master! – Can You Do It?

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Mark Ford Discusses Some Work Life Balance Tips

In today’s world work life balance can seem like an impossible thing to master. With technology making employees accessible 24/7, a fear of losing their job forcing people to put in longer hours to prove their worth, along with the high cost of living putting pressure on the family budget.

For a large number of us, forgoing that quality family time is just something we have to do to get by. A survey conducted by Harvard Business School revealed that 94% of professionals reported they worked more than 50 hours a week. 

It is no secret that being over-worked and stressed can be damaging not only to your health, but also your relationships and simply your overall happiness. Everyone has a different definition of what work life balance means to them. The important thing to remember is finding the balance that is right for you, here are 5 work life balance tips that I believe will help you to begin working on creating the work life balance that works for you and your family.

Work Life Balance Tip 1 – Separate Work and Family Time

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This is especially important for those of you who are working from home. I know from experience how easy it is to begin to fall into the trap of muddling work and home life together and from my experience, it is not a healthy or happy way to live, for anyone in the family. I have found that having clear boundaries between work and home creates harmony within your family dynamics.

Work Life Balance Tip 2 – Un-Plug

work life balanceNow this may be hard for some people, but very beneficial if you are searching for more balance within your life.

For a lot of us most of our working day consists of sitting in front of a computer or speaking on the phone, therefore needing time away from a screen is an absolute must.

Technology is beneficial in so many ways, although one thing we tend to find is that due to technology we are easily accessible, therefore the workday never seems to end. Do yourself a favour and at least turn your phone to silent once you get home from a long day at work.

Work Life Balance Tip 3 – Find Time For You…

You may be thinking, how am I supposed to find time for me? And I get it, you probably have a mountain of commitments that you feel you can’t get on top of, so the idea of taking time for yourself to do something that you love seems almost impossible. But in my experience, it is very important, the more you fill up your own cup the more you have to give to others.

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One tip I would like to give you when it comes to taking time for yourself is, do not always use your free time to accomplish something. I see it happen all the time where people fall into the trap of thinking that they need to be productive when they take me time, they need to be exercising, creating or organizing something. That is not the case, do your best not to fall into this trap. Finding time for you means time to do something you love to do or time to rest and do nothing at all.

Work Life Balance Tip 4 – Mindfulness

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I don't have the timeAnother very important thing to incorporate into your routine (preferably on a daily basis).

Once again you may be thinking… how can I possibly fit this in, and I have great news for you, you do not need a lot of time for this one. You could spend as little as 5 minutes meditating (although I would recommend 15-20 minutes)

It is literally something you could do before you jump out of bed or before you jump out of your car to go into the office. Another mindful activity I practice when I begin feeling overwhelmed by life is a simply calm breathing exercise, which helps to slow your heart rate down and help you to feel calmer and more grounded to continue through your day. 

Being mindful can also be incorporated into your day to day life by simply being aware of your thoughts, feelings and actions. Become aware of the things that upset you, the things that stress you out, and the things that make you feel happy. This way you will gain an understanding of how certain areas of your life make you feel and react. Then you get to work harder at learning to enjoy the challenging times or decide that they no longer serve you and do not make you feel happy.

Work Life Balance Tip 5 – Limit Time Wasting Activities

Most of us are guilty off this, it is very easy to get caught up in the trap of procrastinating and time wasting, especially if we are embarking on a task that we really do not want to do.

I have found it helpful to make a diary of every time I catch myself wasting time on social media, eating, socializing while I am meant to be working. This way I can track how much time I have spent being un-productive. Don’t get me wrong I do not do this all of the time, just times when I have noticed my procrastination is on the increase.

I do it for a day or two just to remind myself of how much time I actually am wasting on un-important activities.

Another good tip is to take a moment to write a list of all of the things and people that are most important to you and aim to focus your free time on these things and nothing else.

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If you are wanting to change the structure of your life, I believe the key is to find happiness within the life you are living right now. Don’t try to make any big changes right away, start working towards creating the work life balance you desire one step at a time. Everyone’s life is different, and every person requires their own unique balance in order to live life aligned to who they are and what they wish to achieve. Your health and happiness are most important so always remember how important it is to find balance within your life.

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Accreditation: How To Make Work Life Balance Work | Nigel Marsh | Ted Talk

References: Making Time Off Predictable And Required and 6 Tips For Better Work Life Balance

I wish you every success with your blogs and in running your home business from anywhere in the world. However, don’t forget to live. Are you? Maintain a balanced lifestyle. And…. P.S. It would be great if you left a comment below about your own work life balance.

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