Five Tips for Achieving a Healthy Work-Life Balance

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.

 

* Photo Credit: by familymwr

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12 Responses to Five Tips for Achieving a Healthy Work-Life Balance

  1. Dr. Mike November 12, 2012 at 12:48 pm #

    Hi Lillian! I’ve worked for myself since 1998, so I really appreciate your post. In just five points, I feel like you cover the foundation of building a great work-life balance. To keep my days under control, I use a Google Calendar, and I also have a spreadsheet on Google Drive that’s my to-do list. More than just what I need to do today, this list includes all of the projects underway, from ones that are just starting to others that are nearly finished. Each morning, I update this spreadsheet to include the calls that I need to make, and I even number the other tasks that I will complete. It saves me time during the day because I don’t have to ask, “What’s next?” I just look at my list and keep moving. Like you suggest, though, I include breaks throughout my day.

    • Mohamed Tohami November 14, 2012 at 12:25 pm #

      That’s a great way to become ultra productive Dr. Mike.

  2. Dan Garner November 12, 2012 at 1:39 pm #

    Hi,

    Great list. I find that the organizational apps really help…when I use them. Thanks for the reminder.

    Dan @ ZenPresence

  3. Kimberley November 13, 2012 at 4:11 am #

    Fantastic tips and good reminders for all of Midway Simplicity readers. Mahalo (thank you) Lillian!

    Mohamed, Been on and off island quite a bit recently. Trying to catch up on all of the wonderful posts I have missed. Hard to imagine, but I don’t travel with my laptop. I completely disconnect while away. It is fabulous!

    • Mohamed Tohami November 14, 2012 at 12:26 pm #

      Wonderful! These moments of disconnection and solitude are invaluable.

  4. Dar Johnson December 20, 2012 at 1:44 am #

    What a great value this is to organize/simplify your life and or your business

  5. Dar Johnson December 20, 2012 at 1:45 am #

    I love the More Than Organized blog

  6. Dar Johnson December 20, 2012 at 1:46 am #

    I like the More Than Organized blog

  7. Dar Johnson December 20, 2012 at 1:46 am #

    The More Than Organized blog is wonderful

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