3 Things No One Says About Work-Life Balance

  • Exercise
  • Yoga/meditation
  • Eating healthy
  • Taking meaningful breaks
  • Maintaining a consistent schedule/routine
  • Getting enough sleep
  • Taking time to disconnect (i.e. vacations)

UNDERSTAND EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE

Ask yourself these questions to improve your EI:

  • What emotion am I (actually) feeling?
  • What are the causes of this?
  • What have my recent behaviors been?
  • How have those made me feel or what feelings have made me behave in that way?
  • Am I taking good care of myself? (Poor health and behavior is probably an indicator that you’re not practicing effective self-care.)

POOR BALANCE AFFECTS MENTAL HEALTH

Other things to maintain a healthy state of mind and prevent overloaded stress can include:

  • Delegation — give tasks you hate to others and take tasks you can bear better.
  • SMART Goals — create a list of tasks you can achieve each day. Divide and conquer your workload and implement a rewards system
  • Pomodoro — set a timer and focus on completing a task until the time runs out. Parkinson’s Law states the adage that “work expands so as to fill the time available to complete it.” In other words, no matter the amount of time, we will use the entire allotment whether we have a couple small projects or many large ones. Setting a timer lets us work fast and save on time.

ESCAPE “THE CAGE”

Changes you can make include:

  • Develop a support network to change how you interact with people
  • Establish boundaries when you’re off work
  • Create a workspace with intent — a homey feel, a focused feel, add color, add personal photos, change up the color, etc.
  • Talk with your manager about your current status and set goals/plans to ease your process

GET TO WORK

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Maren Hogan

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