“The wise rest at least as hard as they work.”
― Mokokoma Mokhonoana
Today is the last Monday in July 2019. Think about that for a second.
Time wasted really cannot be regained. Combined with that thought and recent back to back funerals, I wonder if all there is to life is going to work, pay bills then die.
Not to say that we don’t need money because baby, we need that mula however, we need to start managing our priorities so we don’t get sucked deeper in the rat race. How do you propose we can do such?
Consider five tips for a better work-life balance:
- Avoid Perfectionism – We subconsciously feel the need to perfect everything we do which can suck up our time. As we try to balance our work responsibilities, you will need to accept that perfection is a figment of your imagination and not to be traded for quality or value.
- Me time – The better you are to yourself, the better you will be to others. That means that there will be times when you need to limit time-wasting activities to focus on yourself, your growth. Canceling a work outing in exchange for a good night’s rest, Face mask and wine instead of clubbing, even exercising in exchange for surfing the web are all simple, and might I add free ways in which we can spend quality time with ourselves.
- Fitness & Health – Puder-York said, “When I talk about balance, not everything has to be the completion and achievement of a task, it also has to include self-care so that your body, mind and soul are being refreshed,” Have you noticed there are imperative activities our bodies need for example: sleep, food, exercise and using the bathroom and when we are pressed for time, exercise goes without we giving it a second thought? Exercise helps people lose weight and lower the risk of some diseases. Exercising regularly decreases a person’s risk of developing certain diseases, including obesity, type 2 diabetes, and high blood pressure. Exercise can help a person age well. This may not seem important now, but your body will thank you later.
- Change your routine – Many of us feel as though our routine was written with the same ink as the 10 commandments. (I.e ME) They aren’t. If it is possible, we need to take a bird’s eye view of our situation and see where we can cut time-wasting activities and indulge in activities that add value to our lives.
- Small steps lead to big results – To take control of our lives, some people change drastically. A 360-degree change I might add. I don’t recommend that. For example, if you used to spend 80 hours at work every week and your family keeps complaining about your usage of time. Don’t jump ship the following week; start with taking one evening off, then two then three.
What do you say? Are you willing to make the necessary adjustments?