Work & Play: Tips For Not Letting 9-5 Run Your Life

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Whether we know it or not, we’ve likely all been guilty of this at some point in our lives…working too hard. It can creep up and before you know it, you haven’t taken time out for yourself in months. Don’t let this happen to you, because a good work-life balance is essential to not getting burned out. While you might not be able to control the hours you work, focus on what you can control. Here are a few tips that will help you to maintain that perfect balance between work and the rest of your life:

Back away From The Blackberry

I know, initially it sounds blasphemous, right? But really, take put your Blackberry away – we’ve become so consumed with checking our smartphones at all hours of the day, even when we get home and on weekends. Detach yourself and don’t work when you’re not working. Leave your Blackberry at home on the weekend for a change, or set a schedule that means you will only check it every few hours, not incessantly throughout the day. Believe it or not, people will leave a message and you can get back to them at your convenience!

Of course, working on weekends is sometimes inevitable but when you can avoid it, give a co-worker you can trust your personal phone information and tell them to call/text you if an emergency arises. This way you’re not totally disconnected but you are not under the control of that little phone. Break free and see how great it feels!

“Me” Time

I can’t stress enough how important this is. You take time out for everyone else – your significant other, your parents, your children, your friends….but what about you? I know it may sound a little strange at first, but think about it: when do you set aside time to just enjoy yourself? You are amazing and that’s why you probably can’t get a moment to yourself, but just as you schedule lunch with a friend, schedule lunch with yourself. That “alone” time is very valuable and provides a peace of mind. Maybe even consider going for a drive – sometimes riding alone in a car with the radio off is the best downtime. It allows you to be alone with your thoughts – or try the alternative and make a playlist of songs that you absolutely love and ride around until it’s over!

Move More

I know what you’re thinking….how is exercise going to help with balancing my work and life? Believe it or not, getting exercise can really benefit how you feel overall. In between work and “life” it might not seem like you have time to exercise every day, but because exercise is known to give you more energy, make you more alert and increase your concentration, you will actually be serving your work life too. In addition to the other perks, you can drop pounds, get your blood pumping and improve your mood!

Good luck!