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Work-life balance

Work-life balance

Define what a balanced life looks like to you before you can work towards a better work-life balance.

To define a work-life balance, write out the things that are important to you on a list and prioritise them. 

The majority of people will put friends and family as their number one, and then their health as number two.

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MORE IDEAS FROM Avoid Burnout With These 5 Science-Backed Tips to Have a Better Work-Life Balance

Connecting physical spaces with behaviors

We mentally tie certain physical areas to certain behaviors. If you associate your home with relaxation, why would you let something stressful like work infiltrate it? You're better off to stay at work and deepen the connection between productivity and your workspace.

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Say NO more often

It's tough to say no: you'll want to naturally please your superior asking for a favor, and avoid the discomfort that comes with saying no to the request.

Knowing your priorities helps with this: Let your boss know that you have plans, but you have several other time slots where you'd love to be able to help out.

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Stop multi-tasking

Wherever you are, be focused on what's in front of you.

When you're interrupted, it takes 15-20 minutes to get your focus back to it was before being distracted. If you're multi-tasking, you'll be less efficient and your long term memory will suffer.

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Set an alarm to go to bed

If you don't get enough sleep, you won't function at your best, causing you to spend longer amounts of time on tasks at work. 

One simple way to get around this is for you to set an alarm to go to bed, 30-minutes before you want to be asleep  -this will give you ample time to wrap up what you're doing, and get ready for bed.

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Exercise

Individuals who exercised regularly are more confident in handling the interaction of their work and home life and are less likely to be stressed at work.

Something as simple as a 30-minute walk can release endorphins, helping you battle stress throughout the rest of your day.

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Keep in sync with your body’s natural sleep-wake cycle
  • Try to go to sleep and get up at the same time every day;
  • Avoid sleeping in, even on weekends;
  • Limit naps to 15 to 20 minutes in the early afternoon;
  • Fight after-dinner drowsiness. If you get sleepy way before your bedtime, get off the couch and do something mildly stimulating.

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Boundaries Instead Of Balance

It’s fine to value stability, but since life isn’t still, putting balance on a pedestal is problematic.

Developing a boundary-setting practice will allow you to reconfigure how your day and week is going to play out based on professional responsibilities and personal needs and not freak out if one day is all work and zero play. 

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Define balance for yourself

Balance looks different for everyone. It all depends upon what you value at any given time, what you want to achieve, and when you want to achieve it.

But thinking of your career as something standing in opposition to everything else in your world will definitely make you miserable.

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