One of the most challenging points about being a young professional is balancing work and life.
It can be easy to find yourself starting to feel like you’re either too busy or not productive enough.
Or that you don’t have time for anything outside of work — friends, family, exercise — because there’s never any time left over once your day is done. But if this sounds like you, here are five tips on how to make your life balance better:
Start the day with a plan.
The best way to set clear plans for your day is by starting it with a to-do list.
Make sure every task you need to accomplish — and even those you’d like to — is right there in front of you so that nothing slips through the cracks. And don’t forget to add in some time for yourself!
Keep a journal of your progress.
Keeping a detailed account of how you spend your day is a great way to help figure out where the balance in your life needs to be improved.
By making sure that you write down each task and putting them into two separate categories — work and personal — it becomes easier to see what tasks are taking up most of your time, which can help you figure out where adjustments need to be made.
It may sound simple, but there’s no better way than writing something down when it comes to committing it to memory.
And who knows? You may even find this habit starting to spill over into other areas of your life, helping you feel more on top of things in general.
Make the most of lunch breaks.
That lunch break is meant to be a time to re-energize yourself by taking a break from work and giving your mind some time off.
Avoid the pitfalls of constantly working through your lunch. This is an excellent time to schedule a time to meet with friends clients or just get out of the office for a few minutes. Grab a coffee, sit at a park, do something that brings you joy. Just don’t sit in front of your desk.
Learn how to say no (responsibly)
This is another excellent way to take advantage of technology — and an important lesson not just for work, but also for life.
Being able to say no to your boss without sounding like you’re lazy or uninterested can be difficult.
Set healthy boundaries with your time. You must respect your time as much as you respect your employer’s needs. Be respectful, and understand that being respectful is a two-way street.
But by explaining that you already have something planned, even if it’s only a quick lunch with a friend, it makes it easier for your boss to understand.
Use weekends wisely
The weekend is meant for relaxing and recharging — not stressing about all the things that are piling up because you weren’t able to get anything done at work.
Sunday isn’t for stressing and getting the ‘Sunday Scaries.’ Sunday is a great way to look at your week ahead and make a game plan to win your week. Write out and prioritize tasks that need to be accomplished. Just make sure when you’re planning your workweek, you aren’t jeopardizing your downtime.
It can be tough to find a work-life balance when just starting your professional career. But by using some of the tips I’ve provided, such as keeping a journal of your progress, making the most of lunch breaks, and learning how to say no responsibly, you’ll be on your way to finding more equilibrium in your life. We hope these tips have been helpful! And don’t forget that it’s essential to take time for yourself — weekends are meant for relaxing and recharging so you can start fresh on Monday morning.