Posted by admin | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 12-06-2013-05-2008
Have you found yourself spending more time at work than at anything else? Do you feel like you’ve started neglecting your personal life because of work? You’re certainly not the only one who focuses more on work just to generate an income.
People today focus more on their work because of the economy. No one wants to lose their job through lay off or downsizing so everyone is throwing in extra work than required just to have some kind of job security. You might be filling in for someone who is out or you’re juggling two positions because someone was laid off. Right now, you’ll pretty much do anything to keep a job down, even if it’s extra work and/or overtime/weekends.
You’re taking on extra work and you’re personal life may be suffering for it. Laundry is piling up, dirty dishes are in the sink and if you have a family, you don’t spend as much time with them anymore. You’re whole personal life is pretty much at a halt because as you attempt to hold a job. To get a balance between work and personal life, there are a few things that can be done without giving up anything important.
First, you need to set a schedule for yourself. Weekdays are no doubt work days, but if you do have a day or two off, make those days count. Spend those days with friends you haven’t seen in a long time or spend it with family. Take the kids to the park or library. If it’s a rainy day, spend the time with them indoors. Have dinner with the family once a night every week. Make the off times worth it. If you still feel like you don’t have enough time, there are some time saving tips you can use in both personal and work life.
Most of your time will be spent at work. The first thing that can be done in the morning is finding an efficient way to send the kids to school. The kids can always carpool or go with a group of friends to school. This method will save time and travel money. You can optimize your productivity at work by eliminating unnecessary activities. Drop routines such as checking social media or anything personal at work. If you spend time gossiping, cut that out. Take shorter lunch breaks. If you get an hour lunch but you normally finish lunch early, use the rest of the hour for work. Use whatever spare time you have and focus it on work. By doing these, you might be able to leave work early or you can use that extra time to either plan or get even more work done ahead of time.
Now you have to make your personal life run as smooth as work. The first thing that can be done is to shorten your errand time. Do you find yourself spending 2 to 3 hours just grocery shopping? You can cut that time down to nothing by ordering everything online. Don’t feel like picking up the laundry? Check if they deliver and if not you can pay someone to pick it up. Do you have too many dirty plates? Invest in a dish washing machine or use paper plates.
If you constantly feel tired even with these time saving tips, then it’s time to consider exercising. Find a healthy way to increase your energy levels. You can use those energy drinks but they aren’t exactly healthy in the long run. Hit the gym, go for an hour jog or even take yoga classes. Any of these will help increase your energy levels. With this optimized schedule, you still need a little time to just relax. If you feel really stressed at any point or just need some time to yourself, just take a 10 to 15 minute breather. Take a deep breathe, relax a little and clear your head.
The job market and economy is tough right now but that’s no reason to sacrifice your personal life. You can work and have you own down time if you know how to schedule everything.