Each of us is struggling to be successful in all aspects of our lives — be it work, health, relationship, and so on. No wonder balancing careers and professional lives has been a theme of self-help books and life coaches.
There is no one-size-fits-all formula, though.
Realistically speaking, achieving a perfect balance between your career and personal life is only in a perfect world. At one point or another, everything thrown at us could be overwhelming.
Remember that Superwoman is a myth. Coming to terms with the fact that no one can go on 24-hours a day without exhaustion is crucial to thriving. Coming to terms with our limitations makes it much easier for us to simplify our lives and focus on what truly matters.
All this does not prevent you from striving to create a semblance of balance in your life. Amid your busy schedule, you also deserve to be happy and enjoy every bit of the moment.
#1 Keep Track of Things
Keeping track of all the things that need to be done helps you stay on your toes with what needs to be prioritized. When juggling a career and other personal obligations, you can get overwhelmed sometimes.
Remember that you are not a superwoman. It is not all the time that what you want to accomplish can be done within the day.
By keeping a list of your to-do things, you ensure you get all tasks done, from the most important to the least. You can either do this old-school style with a daily planner or use your smart devices to keep you on track.
Having your list in one place, not only are you organized with your schedule but you are less likely to be anxious and distracted.
#2 Make a Schedule & Stick to It
One way of keeping your body healthy and in sync is to organize a daily schedule and create a clear routine.
Aside from creating a bed and waking routine, try to schedule everything. This includes family times, household chores, grocery runs, and even your own quiet time.
According to Lifehack, one of the things high achievers have in common is keeping a morning routine. In fact, there are a lot of health benefits to waking up early. It helps improve your mood, gets you more energized, and it gives you a chance to work out before heading to work.
#3 Learn to Be Flexible
Having an organized schedule does not mean you have to be so uptight about it. Otherwise, you will end up stressed and anxious, which is the total opposite of what you are trying to achieve in the first place.
There are plenty of instances where things do not always go along as planned. But we should learn how to be flexible and roll with the punches.
There might be times when you need to attend an important appointment out-of-town over the weekend, leaving a heap of household chores at bay. In any case, though, you can always ask services such as dry cleaners to do the task for you.
#4 Prioritize Sleep
In this fast-paced world, it is hard for us to actually get a good night’s sleep. But it is no rocket science that getting enough sleep every night can do wonders.
Getting at least 7 hours of sleep every night improves your mood, increases creativity, and boosts productivity throughout the day. On the other hand, not having enough beauty rest leaves you feeling irritated, easily annoyed, and unfocused.
Though it might be difficult to set a healthy sleep routine at first, your body will learn to adjust to this healthy lifestyle after a week or two.
#5 Value Self-care
With so much on our plate — work, family, relationships, and other responsibilities — it is so easy to get lost and forget about thinking for ourselves.
We have often heard the term self-care. Self-care can be in any form. It could mean enjoying a healthy breakfast every day, taking night walks, working out regularly, enjoying a hobby, or even just a nice relaxing bath with a glass of your favorite wine.
Giving time for yourself to relax enables you to recharge, ready to face another day. So what other things can you do to have a balanced career and personal life?