Downtime is crucial for peak performance.
If you are anything like me, you find that sometimes you get so focused on doing something at work, that you all your mind and efforts into that project and as a result, there is a tendency to shut off other areas of your life. That kind of focus helps out in a time crunch to reach a deadline, but you can’t run at that pace for prolonged periods of time. If you find that this happens often to you then that is a good indication that your work/life balance is out of whack.
You can’t have a decent work/life balance unless you have a life.
If you make smart choices today regarding your life today it will lead to you feeling better tomorrow. You will find that if you maintain a good work/life balance, you will be able to accomplish more in less time.
Here are some simple tips to help maintain good work/life balance:
- Take breaks. We often lose track of time in the daily hustle and forget to renew our energy levels. Take periodic breaks to stretch, get a cup of tea or walk around the building a few times. Force yourself to leave your desk during lunch.
- Let go. Prioritize so you finish your highest-value tasks each day. Then know when to call it a day. If the task left to do is not of high value, it can wait until tomorrow.
- Plan a vacation. Take a full vacation each year and several long weekends to recharge your creative batteries. Plan for it and block out the time now because if you wait, you won’t do it.
- Pamper yourself. Find little ways to cherish yourself each day, such as taking a bubble bath or taking a walk. Doing so lets you unwind and prepares you to be able to handle the next day’s challenges.
- Keep you brain engaged. You can rest from work while still exercising your mind with light reading or a Sudoku puzzle.
- Exercise. A workout routine will help you stay healthy, maintain your drive and burn off stress (plus going outdoors or to a gym will help you get away from it all).
Remember to have a life because life can actually be pretty cool if you actually take the time to have one.