How to Have a Healthy Work-Life Balance

For hard-working people like you, maintaining a balance between work and life can be challenging. While having a hard work ethic is admirable, it’s also important to make a priority of taking care of yourself and your family. It’s not always easy to do this, though. Here are some tips on how to have a healthy work-life balance.

Make Rules

Make up a short list of rules that you have to adhere to.

These may include things like:

* you have to leave work no later than 6 p.m. each day

* no checking work emails on weekends

* no working on the day before or the day after a holiday

Schedule Family Time

If it feels like you never have time to relax with the kids, schedule family time into your calendar. Block out hours or days for just the kids. You don’t have to fill each block with a list of activities. For kids, just having mom or dad available is often sufficient. Just make sure that you don’t try to sneak in a few work tasks while the kids are busy with their coloring books. If you do, then you might get unfairly annoyed if they “interrupt” you with something.

Make Time For You

Make time for something just for you. Maybe it’s a weekly manicure appointment, or a lunch out with your friends once a month. Whatever it is, it should be just for you, and you should never cancel it or allow anyone else to intrude upon it. Having something just for you is important for a healthy life.

Make Work About Work

Finally, don’t let family members or friends break into your work schedule. When you’re at work, don’t make personal calls. This will enable you to focus and get a lot of work done so you don’t feel tempted to stay late at the office.

These tips will help to ensure you always maintain a healthy work-life balance.

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