How to Achieve Work/Life Balance
First blog in the series was an overview of work/life balance and what it means. Now we will dive deeper in on How to Achieve Work/Life Balance.
Some main points:
1- Make time to connect with others #relationships
There was a Ted Talk 75 year study on happiness and those people who were happier were those who actively worked to replace workmates with new playmates. What are you doing to develop new relationships or grow deeper in the ones you have?
2- Say NO
It’s okay to say no sometimes. A “no” doesn’t have to mean a no forever, but it can mean a no for right now. Saying no to some things is crucial to achieving work/life balance and it’s a powerful thing.
Take 1 day a week and do not do any work. Just try it and maybe you’ll see that you feel more rejuvenated and get more work done on other days of the week. You can use this as a renewal day, read a book and/or catch up with friends. Try not to just binge watch TV. Some TV is alright but it’s just a distraction and won’t benefit you as much as the other things.
- Sleep: Try and get at least 7-8 hours of sleep. Up till 1879 the average American slept 11 hrs/night. Lack of sleep contributes to all sorts of health problems.
4- Make time for FUN
I can’t ever stress this enough. Make sure you are always making time for things you enjoy.
Stay tuned for the next part of the series: Maintaining/Improving Work Life Balance.
Amanda Fontaine is considered the Chief FUN Officer of Personal Training and Health/Fitness. She's a Personal Trainer at Empower and Founder of Thrive Alive. She specializes in creating FUN, creative yet challenging workouts for her clients and promoting a lifestyle of play for adults.
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