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What does balance mean to you?
Does that mean doing 20 things at once, giving a little bit of your energy equally to all of them?
Or is it just being at a spot in your life where you can manage things properly?
You can’t get to everything, but put in large amounts of energy to the things you care about.
I want to redefine what balance might mean to you.
It’s not about trying to be as busy as possible and do as many things that you can.
We try too hard to “do it all”. And be that person who is excellent at multi-tasking.
By now I’m sure you’ve heard that multi-tasking is actually counter-productive.
It’s better to focus on one thing at a time and give all of your attention to it, complete it, then move onto the next thing.
And now, work-life balance is turning into the same thing.
I’m not going to discuss how you can learn to juggle a million things at once.
Instead you’ll learn how to focus on what is most important to you, get rid of the busyness, and have a few things that you’re really good at.
Here are 10 Work-Life Balance Tips for Stress Management
1. Let Go of Perfection
You can achieve balance in your life, but it’s not always going to be the same.
Sometimes, your work will take priority over your personal life.
You can still give large amounts of energy to both, but your attention will pull towards whichever is most important at the time.
Let go of trying to be the perfect girlfriend and perfect co-worker.
Instead, focus on what matters the most to you.
If your relationship is in a good spot, then you can work harder at work.
And vice versa.
2. Eliminate the Busy Work
Stop trying to always be doing a hundred things at once!
I don’t know why or when this became such a normal thing to do.
We define ourselves by how busy we seem.
It’s kind of ridiculous when you think about it.
You should be defining yourself based off of how good a person you are and what you value.
Not how many emails you get every day.
Try to focus on getting to a simpler state of mind. Let go of the really pointless things that are making you appear more busy.
Because that stuff honestly doesn’t matter, it just adds on a lot of stress.
3. Prioritize Your Time
Once you eliminate some of the pointless busywork, you can work on prioritizing your time.
It never seems like we have enough time, does it?
With how much stuff you have to get done in the day, time is something you’d probably do anything to have more of.
But, you’re most likely giving away a lot of the valuable time you do have to things that don’t need it.
Like saying yes to hanging out with someone, when you have more important things to get done.
I’ve even done this before where I have so much stuff to get done after work, but a friend calls me up asking to hang out and I let everything just fall to the wayside.
That’s a quick way to feel stressed out and overwhelmed by everything going on.
Because once you let one day slip, the next day is twice as busy.
You can prioritize your time better by saying no more often. If people contact you last minute wanting to do something, it’s ok to say no.
You can plan to hang out with people on a day when you have finished everything else you needed to get done.
You can also listen to yourself more and focus on the things that you do want to get done.
Stop doing the things you think you should be doing. Get rid of those things, and focus on the stuff you enjoy.
Break the habit of over-scheduling yourself.
It might be tempting, but once you stop over-scheduling, you’ll have a lot more time to get to the things you need to.
And finally, stick to your priorities. Work-life balance is important to you, so make it a point to focus on it every day.
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