5 Ways To Balance Your Work and Personal Life – And Stay Sane


By Kenon lamont Thompson

We all know the sensation of not having enough hours in the day. As cliché as it may sound, to those with jam packed schedules, the thought of 24 hours not being enough time in one day is actually a harsh reality. No matter if your schedule is consistently the same or a sporadic chaos that you just so happen to tame gracefully, utilizing every second to the best of your ability can seem more like a chore than a natural way of living.

Maintaining your career in order to make an income to pay the bills while still taking some personal time out for fun and relaxation should be easy. But, unfortunately, that isn’t always the case. As an entrepreneur myself working mainly from home or remote locations, I find it pretty easy to maintain my day now. It took a few months of practice and resisting the urge to watch Netflix by putting work to the side just because I control my schedule now, but I managed.

However, I look back on how my life used to be and how I managed time when I did work for other companies. I realized how much time I wasted. Here are a few tips to help make your time management skills a little less stressful.

1. Get a firm grasp on your work schedule

Even if your schedule is sporadic during the day itself, you usually have some advance knowledge of what your week will entail. Put together a calendar, either online or on paper, and make sure it stays up to date. Once you understand this factor, the rest of your day will fall into place and seem like a cake walk.

2. Analyze your productivity.

It is safe to say that if we could have more than 24 hours in a day that no one would complain about it. Some days your to-do list may seem so long that even working from sunrise to sunset can seem a bit unbearable. To be as productive as you possibly can, you also have to have enough energy to accomplish your work day. Being exhausted for the sake of getting your work done does you no good if the quality suffers from you being mentally tired.

When you find yourself feeling worn out, don’t be afraid to take a break if necessary. If you work for yourself, then you definitely have ultimate control of when you can take a breather at will.

3. Take advantage of the time you get to spend with family.

Everyone has family (or friends that they consider family) that they enjoy spending time with. Your loved ones understand that your work day is not always easy and neither is theirs. When spending time with your family or S.O., do things that interest both of you. Choose something that allows you to be entertained and mentally satisfied while being as relaxed as possible. And make sure you’re always appreciating the moment that you get to share with them, as your time is not always unlimited.

4. Take some “me time” out for yourself.

This is the part that can be tweaked depending upon your work schedule. Make sure that you take time for yourself, either at the beginning or end of the day. Personally, I do my best to take some “me time” in the morning. It helps me prepare for the rest of the day ahead. The time that you take out for yourself generally dictates how your mood will be for the remainder of that day.

5. Don’t expect to be perfect on a daily basis.

Some days you may be perfect and hitting on all cylinders. There may be days when you simply don’t complete everything that you need to. At the end of each day, don’t beat yourself up if you have to push some things forward to the next day. Being perfect and getting things done efficiently are two different things. Remember, you’re running a marathon, not a 100-meter dash.

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