For most of us, finding a balance between the daily grind of our careers and free time to enjoy ourselves seems unattainable. We travel for our jobs, spend long hours at the office and often times end up taking work home with us.
Having an unbalanced equilibrium not only creates unneeded stress in our lives, but can also lead to poor health, fatigue and take away from time we could be spending with friends and family. The good news is, work-life balance is achievable, and something you can have too.
Let’s take a look at a few steps that will get you closer to the balanced lifestyle you’re looking for:
Establish what “balance” means to you.
Defining your idea of a balanced work-life schedule is essential. We all have different priorities and ways of spending our free time, so it’s important that you layout exactly what balance means to you. Is it having more time to spend with family? Or maybe a hobby you haven’t been able to enjoy? Establish what your particular goals are.
Set your personal work boundaries.
Once you have defined your idea of balance, its time to establish some work boundaries that will help ensure you’re on track to meeting your goals. This could be starting your day earlier to free up afternoon/evening hours, or finding a better way to delegate your teams workload. The most important factor is that you have a plan, and take the proper steps to execute it.
Know your limits and take breaks.
Two of the most important factors we can address are knowing your personal limitations, and giving yourself breaks throughout the day. Eating lunch at your desk and overextending yourself aren’t acceptable anymore. Plan and delegate tasks for you and your team effectively so that you’re able to free up small windows of time throughout your workday. It’s vital to achieving a more balanced lifestyle.
The last thing most of us want to do after a long day at work is exercise — but the pros heavily outweigh the cons. Getting your body moving is the single most effective way to facilitate a happy, healthy lifestyle. Incorporating exercise into your daily routine will improve your mental health, mood and create an outlet for eliminating stress.
Tired of the same old 9-5 work hours? Thinking it may be time to be your own boss? Perhaps it’s time for a free consultation with a qualified and experienced franchise consultant. FranNet has a great track record of assisting individuals on their path to business ownership. Make arrangements to speak with one of our representatives today!