When you start a new job or if you take on some extra work, getting a good balance between working and not working can be difficult. In order to ensure that you remain healthy and happy while also working and doing well at your job, here are some tips to help you get the right balance.
- Leave the office earlier one evening per week
If you are allowed and there is no reason why you shouldn’t, try to leave the office slightly earlier one night a week. This will allow you to catch an earlier train, beat the rush-hour traffic and get home a little bit earlier. You might need to start slightly earlier in the morning in order to have this compromise.
- Make time for extra activities
Rather than coming home and going straight to bed, which causes you to feel like you don’t do anything other than work and sleep, plan some social activities and other things to do during the evenings or on your days off.
- Set some short-term travel goals
Book some times off and plan your travel for the next six months or so. You might want to have a short weekend break with your partner or a friend, and you can plan a longer vacation for a couple of months in advance.
- Meet friends for lunch
Always take your lunch break unless there is a serious reason why you can’t, and do other things besides eating lunch. Go for a mini shopping trip or meet some friends to get some food. Have a catch up and you’ll feel refreshed for the afternoon.
- Wake up earlier
Sure, we all need our sleep, but waking up just an hour earlier will allow you to get more things done and will free up your time in the evenings. When you get back from work, it will take you longer to do things or you might not feel like doing them at all.
- Take some time for yourself
Even if you have a large family and plenty of things to do all the time, you should find an hour or so each week to do something which is just for you and nobody else. Whether this is a meditation session, a walk to your favorite local park or a bath with a drink and some candles, make some time for you.
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