By Zoe Taylor
You’re busy. You’ve got things to do, people to see and deadlines to meet constantly, and you hardly have time for any downtime.
We have blogs on de-stressing, finding ‘me-time’ and maintaining a work life balance, which you read and think ‘well that’s all well and good for someone who isn’t as busy as I am’.
The truth is, it’s not – it’s good for you too. You just have to put a little bit more effort into finding the time. Living a fast paced life style isn’t about burning yourself out. It’s about maintaining the effort you put in to your success whilst also focusing on your health and wellbeing. Despite what you might believe, you can do both.
Admittedly, it’s easier said than done…but not impossible. The first step is de-stressing, and the way to do this when you’re constantly on the go is assessing all of your commitments and deciding which ones have to go.
You do this by prioritising. Focus on you – which commitments are really going to help you achieve success in your dream career? Those are the ones you hold on to. Those commitments that you feel obliged to stick to but are taking the focus away from what you really want in life are the ones that have to go. There’s no denying that it’s difficult to walk away from a commitment (especially for someone like you who is used to juggling many things) and you don’t have to rip off the band-aid. Gradually pulling away from those commitments can make it easier for both yourself and other parties involved.
Okay, so you’ve figured out what you’re going to let go. Now to decide which commitments you’re going to seek help with. You don’t have to do everything alone – you’re allowed to ask for assistance. It can be temporary or ongoing. So if you’re running a small business, ask a friend or family member to help you with some of the more mundane tasks that take away your focus from more important areas such as marketing and production.
You’ll start to notice that you have a lot more free time. The worst thing you could do from here is fill that new found free time with more commitments! Use this time for non work related things, such as socialising or having me time. Go to that day spa, take up yoga – whatever it is that you’ve been wanting to do but haven’t had time for, do it!
Once you’ve developed your work-life balance you’ll wonder how on earth you lived without it. You’ll still be busy and you’ll by no means be twiddling your thumbs at any point. But you’ll be working better, more manageable hours and still have time for you.
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