This is a guest post by Lillian Sanders
Finding a healthy work-life balance is something that millions of hardworking people struggle with every day. It is, however, possible to achieve such a balance by using the five proven suggestions detailed below.
1. Put Your Health First
If you do not stay healthy, both your career and family life will suffer, so take care of yourself. If your employer offers a wellness plan, take advantage of it by getting preventative health care and screenings, following diet advice and joining an exercise program.
Even if your employer does not offer this sort of plan, you can still join a gym on your own and use it regularly. You do not even have to confine yourself to using typical gym equipment. Most gyms also offer classes and other exercise programs, so you can find something that suits you. Exercise is a gift you give yourself, and a regular fitness program can help to increase your focus, boost your productivity, help you to sleep more soundly and reduce your stress levels.
2. Find Some Free Time
Most people schedule appointments, errands, business meetings and other important events but neglect to schedule down time. This is a mistake because regularly taking time to eat a favorite meal, read a book or just relax will make you a happier and more productive person.
3. Learn the Art of Delegation
You do not have to do everything yourself. If you have an assistant or another responsible employee at work, delegate tasks to him or her. At home, make an accountability chart to ensure that your spouse or partner and your children are sharing responsibility for necessary tasks.
4. Plan Your Meals
No one wants to think about dinner after a stressful day at work, so plan your meals in advance. Make realistic menus that take cooking time into account, and shop for ingredients ahead of time. Also, consider making your meals for the week over the weekend and freezing or refrigerating them.
5. Download and Use Organizational Apps
New technology makes scheduling and organizing your life simpler than ever. If you have an iPhone, iPad or Android phone, there are many apps, including Google Calendar and Cozi, which you can use to make your life run more efficiently. Google Calendar allows you to schedule events, manage employee schedules and set reminders. Cozi gives you the ability to manage grocery lists, set reminders for important events, write shared journal entries and do many other useful things. Both applications allow you to seamlessly work on multiple devices without needing to reenter information.
Finding a good work-life balance will allow you to live your life instead of worrying about it. By using the above tips, you can take back control of your time and start to enjoy your life.
Lillian Sanders is a freelance writer from Florida. She works closely with drug rehab programs helping people struggling with addiction.