STUDIES-WORK-LIFE BALANCE – Tips for Staying in Balance
More than ever before, Canadians play many different roles in their lives. They are workers, parents, spouses, friends, caregivers of elderly relatives and volunteers in their communities. They must also make room in their lives for taking care of their own physical and mental well-being.
Not surprisingly, achieving balance among all these competing priorities can be difficult.
- Schedule brief breaks for yourself throughout the day. Taking even a 10-minute break every two hours will increase productivity, and you will get work more
- Protect your private time by turning off social media, internet electronic communications. Don’t be a slave and victim to them 24/7.
- At the end of each day, set your priorities for the following day. Be realistic about what you can achieve in the time you have available.
- Make a distinction between work and the rest of your life.
- Create a buffer between work and home. After work, take a brief walk, do crossword puzzle or listen to some music before beginning the evening’s routine.
- Decide what chores can be shared or let go. Determine which household chores are critical and which can be done by someone else. Let the rest go.
- Exercise! Even if it’s only for 15 minutes at a time, you’ll feel more energized.
- Create and implement a household budget. Start by setting aside some money from each paycheque for the future use.
In Your Community
- Make choices. Social, community and volunteer obligations pull us in many
- Choose the ones that are most fulfilling and learn to say “no” to the rest