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A better work-life balance

A better work-life balance

Is your life a balancing act? Does your smart phone extend your working day? Do you feel that you never have time just for you?

You’re not alone. In the current economic climate, many any people feel anxious that their jobs are less secure. Companies are taking on fewer staff and those that remain often feel responsible for picking up the slack.

But even if you have very little choice over the hours you work, you can still improve your life by concentrating on the areas that you can control.

Schedule downtime – It could be a date night with your partner or a family day out with the kids. Make it top priority. Don’t cancel and don’t allow interruptions. You’ll feel much better for some time spent with those you love.

Outsource – Weekends and evenings can easily be taken up with chores. If you can afford it, employ a cleaner, or a gardener, or someone to do the ironing. If you can’t then insist the rest of the family help out. Use the time saved to do something you really love, like practice your guitar or walk the dog. You’ll feel less resentful.

Get up earlier – If you’re the type who leaves it until the very last minute to get out of bed, set your alarm for just half an hour or an hour earlier each day. Use that time to exercise or get boring household chores out of the way, freeing up time in the evening.

Make tiny changes – You don’t have to quit your job and move to a croft in the Outer Hebrides. Just fifteen minutes sitting in the park at lunch time reading a book or listening to music can go a long way towards increasing your sense of well-being.

 

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