Here are four of my go-to tips for achieving better balance in life:
1 Separate work and family – Turn off the computer and resist checking your e-mails at all hours of the night. Ideally the minute you leave the office (even your home office) you should leave your work behind. For many of us, this isn’t possible, so at the very least, be sure to give yourself plenty of ‘unplugged’ time during your weekends and nights – this means no e-mails or phones.
2 Slow down – Take steps to stop and enjoy the things and people around you. For example, schedule more time between meetings, don’t make plans for every evening or weekend, or find some ways to distance yourself from the things that cause stress.
3 Learn to say NO – For many people, over committing to non-productive or non-priority tasks creates pressure, tension and stress. Before committing, ask yourself – will this add to my life or create more stress?
4 Have more fun – Rediscover what it is that you love to do for the pure enjoyment of doing it. Often, we become unhappy with our work, our lives, or our ‘balance’ because we lack fun and enjoyment. We forget what brings us pleasure! So ask yourself, what were you passionate about as a kid? What makes you excited or happy just to think about? What activities do you lose yourself and your sense of time in?
A qualified, evidence-based coach will be able to help you find your personal balance and can guide you to make progressive steps towards making it a reality.