Today you can enjoy the benefits of ever-increasing technology, making it easier than ever to find out about anything with a few keystrokes. At the same time, work and home commitments pull you in every direction, making it more difficult than ever to turn off the world around you and just live in the moment.
Whether you’re being challenged by information overload, caring for children or parents, working two jobs or trying to find a balance between work and family, a few tips from WebMD can help.
Planning family time, reducing time-sucking activities, outsourcing chores, getting enough exercise and finding time for relaxation are a great start toward finding balance in your life.
Some professions are more demanding of your time than others, requiring off-the-clock phone calls, emails and time spent on social media. It’s easy to let your career, or even a hobby, take over your life.
Many jobs require workers to log in to work at home. Handling work problems and issues off the clock at home have become the norm for many workers.
Writing, whether as a full-time career or a part-time hobby, means time spent keeping up with the news, doing research on your specific areas of interest, fielding emails from editors and public relations people, interviewing sources, staying informed about events you want to cover and marketing your brand on social media.
Many careers require spending personal time keeping up with work-related advances and research. Doctors, nurses, busy executives, therapists, teachers, psychologists, bankers, web developers, engineers, financial advisors, social workers, IT workers, event planners, insurance agents and realtors all spend time outside regular work hours keeping up with their jobs.
Brian Dyson, former vice chairman and COO of Coca-Cola said, “Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling some five balls in the air. You name them — work, family, health, friends and spirit and you’re keeping all of these in the air. You will soon understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. But the other four balls – family, health, friends and spirit are made of glass. If you drop one of these, they will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged or even shattered. They will never be the same. You must understand that and strive for balance in your life.”
Reclaim some of your time by adding family time, time with friends, fun events and exercise to your calendar. Treat these activities with the same importance as work-related events.
Combine family or friends and exercise by taking a hike together. Celebrate special occasions and everyday happenings by sharing a meal with close friends or family members. Find joy in the simple pleasures of life
Take time and make time to live, love, laugh, dance and enjoy life. Find your passion and spend time savoring activities you enjoy with people you love. Life is good.