If you often feel exhausted at the end of a workday and don’t have the energy to go to the gym, spend time with family or friends, you probably have to create more work-life balance.
1. Manage your time
Write down your activities so that it becomes clear to yourself what you need to do during the week. Use a calendar, digital or analog, to schedule activities such as workouts, dinner with friends, your child’s soccer training, etc. This gives you an easier overview and you can prioritize accordingly.
2. Learn to say no
It’s not always easy to say no, whether it’s an extra task or going to dinner with friends. Usually, we don’t say no because we’re afraid of being of trouble. But your boss or friends can’t know how you feel unless you tell them. If you feel that you cannot deliver at work or can go to dinner with friends, tell them how you feel and say no!
3. Ask for help
If you feel that you are drowning in tasks, it’s time to pull the handbrake. Explain the situation to your boss and remember that it’s worse not to ask for help and fail than to ask for help and succeed. The same goes for private matters if you can’t pick up your kids from school because of meetings, ask a friend or family member for help. They will probably be happy to support you in whatever it is.
By unplugging your phone and mail, your brain can relax when you’re not working. Turn off sounds and notifications on the phone when you get home from work and put it away so you don’t check it every five minutes. Then you will be able to be more present when you are with the family, whether you are watching a movie or having dinner together.
5. Make time for yourself
If you don’t take care of your mental and physical well-being, you will perform worse at work. Schedule time for yourself so that the body can recover and recharge the batteries. You don’t have to pick one over the other, it’s possible to do both in a healthy way.
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