It has been three weeks since my last blog post and I can’t help but feel guilty. Despite the best intentions, sometimes life can get in the way. I am writing this as I am sure I am not the only one who has competing priorities and feels like they can’t succeed in them all.
Some weeks I exercise every day and eat really healthy but don’t touch my blog. Other weeks I get so much done on my blog but neglect my health. I am always achieving in one aspect of my life while the others slip away.
I am sure I am not the only one that feels like they can’t fit everything into a day, without sacrificing something else.
I feel inspired by the amazing women and men that can achieve so much and intrigued as to what people do to uphold a healthy work-life balance.
Whilst I don’t think I am in a position to give advice on this topic, I would like to highlight the things I do to try and maintain my lifestyle.
How to maintain a healthy work life balance
Limit time wasting activities
Such as going to events that you don’t want to go to and hanging out with people that you don’t like. If your colleague invites you to their baby shower on a Sunday morning and you would rather sleep in, sleep in. You have the right to say no.
Stop hanging around people that don’t inspire and motivate you
If people don’t want the best for you, then don’t waste your time on them.
When a decision needs to be made, make it and move on
I have always been a quick decision maker which has helped save me a lot of time. For example, during my degree when other students were still trying to select a topic in week 3, I had already finished the assignment. Don’t spend weeks thinking about things that don’t matter, make the decision and save yourself precious time and brain cells.
Don’t stress over the little things
Don’t get caught up in the details of things that don’t matter. It is a waste of time, as mentioned before, make a decision and get on with it.
Find a job you love
I would like to put “work less” as a heading, but I know this isn’t possible for some. With bills to pay and families to support, working is essential. You will feel much better though, if you find a job you love. That is why I am working tirelessly to create a job for myself that allows me to work for clients I choose, from wherever I want.
Structure your life
Having structure saves me so much time. This doesn’t mean you have to plan every minute of every week, it just means you need to plan for efficiency.
For example, I do one big grocery shop every Sunday, this saves multiple trips to the grocery store throughout the week which saves me precious time and most importantly, money. Learn more about how to save for travel.
Maintaining healthy relationships comes down to one thing only, quality time with the people you love.
Turn off your TV and phone and have a conversation.
Schedule in exercise
For me, (particularly since starting a 9-5 desk job) exercise is essential. The only way I fit it in is if I make it happen. I do this by waking up one hour earlier, going for a walk in my lunch break or stretching in front of the TV.
If I plan my meals for the week and pack my lunches ahead of time, I am guaranteed to eat healthily. If I think about my food daily, I end up living on cheese on toast and take away food.
What are your tips for maintaining a healthy work life balance?
So to answer my question, can we really have it all?
I have to say yes, we can. Life can get busy and we can get overwhelmed and weighted down, but I truly believe that if we stay focused, motivated and work hard, we can balance everything that we want in our lives in a healthy way.
For me, my balance is out of whack as I work full time (5 days) and spend 2 hours driving each day, that’s 10 hours a week, more hours than a full working day. Next year I hope to work 4 days a week so I can spend more time on my blog and personal learning, to eventually be able to work for myself, online.
On top of the regular weekly commitments, I have been moving over the past week, which has meant that I have lost internet connection. This is a good excuse to neglect my blog, but at the end of the day, it is still an excuse. I am eagerly awaiting my internet connection to come back on in the new place so I can jump back into my blog, neglecting other aspects of my life no doubt.
Thanks for reading.