Are you looking to find the balance between work, free time and home duties? This can sometimes be difficult to get right; it is about getting it right for you. It doesn’t matter how you balance your life, but you do need to be able to find what works for you.
There are times when it is easy to continue working, putting in those extra hours to make more money for your family. But at what price is this for your life? Getting the balance right is going to mean that you have a happy family, a clean and organized home as well as a job that will pay the bills.
Sometimes it is difficult to work out where the boundaries must lie. I am one for putting too many hours into my working day. It makes me tired because my job is mental. I then have to find the time to clean my home as well as having time to relax.
My life balance sometimes is a little off, but that is fine. I am able to see the weeks that I have worked too much, and I know the alarm clock is my friend. It is not just for the mornings to get me out of bed, but a way to remind myself that I need a break too.
Breaking the day
My worst aspect of my working day is having breaks; I forget to stop working even for just a few minutes at a time. To prevent this from happening too often, I use an alarm on my phone. It reminds me that I need to break, to walk away from what I am doing and spend time on an activity that also needs doing. This could be walking the dog or cutting the grass, just something to get my body moving.
This activity can actually help promote a better end result in my working day. My mind has had a chance to unwind, and the days that I spend with plenty of breaks are normally the days that I have an even greater production than on those days where I just don’t seem to move.
Examples of this movement during and before work has been promoted for a number of years, but has not really caught on in the western world. Businesses are too concerned with the profitability of the business to often notice the employees that work there are going to be more productive if they are given the opportunities to move and have a break sometimes from very monotonous jobs.
An idea to break your day
A great way to break up your day is to have a basic plan, little tasks that you can sprinkle into the morning or afternoon. I am not talking about mammoth tasks, just something that will motivate you to move even for just a few minutes an hour. If you work at a desk all day it is just as vital to get up and move, too. In your lunch break, maybe a walk would do you good, you don’t have to go far. If there are stairs in your building maybe try going up and down these a few times if the weather is bad or you can’t leave the building.
Whatever you need to do to get that work and life balance to the point that is right for you, embrace it. Your life is worth living, it is not something that you should just let slip by.