Are you a workaholic? How to create balance in your busy schedule
These days, many of us find ourselves struggling with busier and more hectic schedules than ever before. Gone are the days of lounging around with a good book or cuddling up on the sofa for a movie marathon. Instead we start and end our working days battling through rush hour crowds or sitting for hours in traffic, only to carry on working from home long into the evening.
If you’re glued to computer screens or piles of paperwork for more hours out of a day than you like to admit then it might be time to take a breather and acknowledge that you are dedicating too much time to work. Finding balance in the midst of an extremely busy lifestyle is essential. Have a look at our guide to creating some space in your schedule so you can find the time to be yourself again and, as a result, feel calmer, more motivated and level headed.
Set aside some ‘me time’
It goes without saying that when you’re looking for some balance among a seemingly never ending work schedule, setting aside some time for yourself should be at the top of your to do list. Treat yourself to some valuable self indulgence for a minimum of 10 minutes every day. This bite size amount of time should be easy to squeeze into even the most hectic schedule and can be filled with any activity which you find relaxing and rejuvenating. I like to try meditation or yoga to help my body with the stress and strain of a busy lifestyle. If you need an outlet for some creative juices then spend 10 minutes painting or writing – perhaps keep a daily journal.
Find the time to keep fit
Exercise is one thing that may seem impossible when you are rushed off your feet with an all consuming work life. However, you don’t have to dedicate your life to running or become a full time gym bunny to fit some invigorating exercise into your schedule and release some endorphins. A 10 minute jog or 50 star jumps won’t take up much of your precious time but it will have a serious impact on your health and happiness when done on a daily basis. Set your alarm that little bit earlier, use your lunch break to keep fit or bring a change of clothes to work and sprint home. Your mind and body will feel the benefits and some much needed balance will be restored.
Stick to healthy eating habits
It might seem basic but many serious workaholics neglect themselves when it comes to food and nourishment. When you wake up and rush out of the house first thing to get to work on time, breakfast can often consist of a cup of coffee or a cereal bar eaten en route. Perhaps you work straight through your lunch break and then, at the end of a long working day, you can only muster up the energy to microwave a ready meal or stick a frozen pizza in the oven. If this sounds like you then try making the effort to eat three meals a day and keep properly hydrated throughout the day. One way to save time is to prepare a big balanced meal at the beginning of the week and reheat it for dinner the following days. There are also some incredibly filling and healthy recipes which take less than ten minutes to prepare which can be found online or in popular cookbooks.
Spend time with your loved ones
When you’re trying to juggle an overwhelming amount of chores and an endless pile of work responsibilities, it can be incredibly easy to overlook equally important activities such as spending quality time with those closest to you. If you’re a parent then your kids are probably the driving force behind your dedication to working hard and furthering your career, but it is essential to remember that work can be put on hold but creating a lifetime of memories can’t. Make sure that among the hustle and bustle of your busy work schedule you always prioritise spending time with your loved ones above all else. Whether it’s your children, your significant other, or your best friends who you haven’t been seeing enough of lately, push the demands of work to one side and find the balance you need with those closest to you.