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8 simple ways to spring back from lethargy and stress, find the balance between work and life

In today’s busy world, prioritizing between your work and your personal life can be a huge challenge. But studies show that a poor work-life balance can result in unhealthy levels of stress, unhappiness, and even reduced productivity. So, taking care of managing your work-life balance is critical.
Here are 8 ways to feel more in control of your work-life balance.


Track your time
For one week, track how you spend your time. How much time do you spend doing things that don’t matter to you? Draw firm boundaries so you can devote quality time to the high-priority people and activities. Eliminate those things from your life, or delegate them, that don’t matter.

Concentrate on one thing at a time
Forget multi-tasking. It’s not possible to focus on two things at the same time. Instead, devote your full attention to the task at hand. Work when you are working. Similarly, when you are spending time with your family, focus solely on them. Though today’s technology can make the line between your work life and personal life quite blurry, you can turn off your cell phone and laptop when you’re with your family, and ask your friends and family not to interrupt your workday unless it’s an emergency.

Create a daily routine and stick to it
Implementing a strong daily routine will keep you on track to achieve the balance you want. Setting strong habits, such as sleeping eight hours, not checking your email for the first couple hours of the day, getting outside daily and taking time to eat right and work out, will make you healthier and happier.

Make time for yourself
While your job is important, it shouldn’t be your entire life. You were an individual before taking this position, and you should prioritize the activities or hobbies that made you happy. Give your own time the some respect. Once you’ve put private time on your schedule, protect it, unless there’s an emergency.

Take a look at your personal habits and general lifestyle
Lack of sleep, poor nutrition, and bad exercise habits can cause you to feel a lack of balance in your life, and can counteract any efforts you are making to achieve work-life balance. Build – up on the personal habits that make you feel productive and energised.

Take a vacation
At the very least, take two weeks off from work per year. You don’t need to go far and you don’t need to spend a lot of money, but you do need to recharge your batteries in order to be the most productive, creative, and happy person possible. Turn off your cell phone and computer, and enjoy.

Get plenty of exercise
It may feel counter-intuitive to add another activity to your life, but exercise relieves stress, clears your mind, and ultimately makes you more productive. It is an effective stress reducer. It pumps feel-good endorphins through your body. Don’t skip it. You’ll find that you greet work, family, and personal commitments with renewed vigor.

Evaluate your work-life balance on a regular basis
Achieving work-life balance is a never-ending journey, and your needs will be different at different times in your life. Set aside some time to reflect on your current balance and if required refresh your time table according to the changes so that it remains up to date.

Achieving balance in both your work and personal lives allows you to perform optimally in both areas. People need time to think, relax and give themselves a break. Otherwise, productivity will decrease. Keeping this in mind, we hope these 8 mantras help you rejuvenate yourself and get back on the track!