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Focusing on Balance in the New Year

Posted in Lifestyle
on January 8, 2018

Millennials work pretty hard if you ask me.

Most of my friends are working two jobs, or working full-time and going to grad school, or working full-time and pursuing a side business. I love to see all these amazing people chase their dreams and go after their goals. It’s incredible.

But also, I worry about this generation because we have normalized a busy scheduled. We have forgotten what it’s like to practice self care, take time to pursue slow living and live in the moment. We lose this sense of balance in our lives, and it’s time we make balance a priority in 2018. Instead of only focusing on your 9-5 job, make time to focus on everything that’s important to you.

Stop working 10-hour days, and make time for rest.

Stop isolating yourself, and make plans with people you love.

Stop ignoring your goals, and make them happen.

And I’m sure you’re wondering how you can make this happen.

Minimalism is how I achieve the ultimate balance in life. It’s how you’ll be able to work an eight-hour day, have time for self care, friends and family, vacation, and everything else that’s important to you.

How?

With minimalism, you’re removing all the non-essential things in your life to make room for all the essential things in your life including the goals you have for yourself. Minimalism helps you achieve your goals, so it’s a win-win situation for you and your life.

Related: Why Minimalism is Refreshing

After decluttering my home, I spend less time cleaning every day, so I have time to have a girl’s night with my friends, catch up with my family on FaceTime, blog, and take time for myself. After implementing positive habits in my life like meal prepping on Sundays, I don’t waste hours every day cooking and making meals each day, which leaves time for appointments, workouts, sleep, and wedding planning.

Does it take extra effort to plan shopping lists in advance and meal prep meals in one day? YES! But, the amount of time, energy, and money I save in the long run is more than worth it.

After planning productive weekdays, I can spend an entire Saturday in my bed without any guilt. There’s always room for recharging my mind and body. Giving yourself time to recharge is so important, especially since we have glorified the idea of busyness.

Instead of stressing yourself out with to-do lists longer than a short novel, start with minimalism. Remove what you don’t need to make room for the things you need. 

The benefits you’ll see after taking on a more minimalist lifestyle are life changing! Instead of always feeling the need to hustle, work another job, do another project we simply can’t take on—remind yourself that you deserve a break. Stay balanced in life. Remember to take care of yourself. Get check-ups regularly. Drink water. Get enough sleep each night. Do things you love. Minimalism allows you to stay balanced and grounded.

So, how will you be more balanced in 2018? Maybe you work an extra five hours a week, and you haven’t made yourself a meal in a week. So not only are you overworked, but you’re also not taking care of yourself. It’s time to stop the bad habits that busyness brings, and get minimalism, and intentional living in your life. Trust me when I say that you WON’T regret it.

It’s a new year, so I’m interested to hear on how you plan to live a more balanced life in 2018? What part of your life in unbalanced? What can you do to make it right? Make sure to share in the comments below!

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10 Ways to Achieve Work-Life Balance

Posted in Health, Lifestyle
on August 1, 2016

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It’s important to give 100 percent in your career, especially if you’re in love with your job. But, it can do you more harm than good if you’re constantly focused on work, and not giving yourself time to rest and rejuvenate once you leave the office. Here are 10 tips to help you achieve the proper work-life balance.

1| Create Your Perfect Morning Routine

Don’t give yourself 10 minutes to get ready and race out the door. Not only are you beginning the day off on a negative note, but yourself not giving yourself time to prepare for the work day ahead. Instead, set your alarm 15 minutes earlier than you normally would, and give yourself time to get ready without rushing. You’ll feel prepared to take on your day positively.

2| Make Your Work Day Productive

When you have a productive day at work, you feel better about giving yourself time to relax after work. So don’t procrastinate on any big projects, manage your time effectively, and get stuff done during your eight hours of work. When 5 p.m. rolls around, you’re going to feel good about shutting down your computer, and leaving work for the day without wondering if you did enough that day.

3| Take Small Breaks

If you’re feeling overwhelmed at work, take small, five-10 minute breaks a few times throughout the day to take your eyes off the computer and take a breather. Don’t feel guilty if you’re stressed out and need to take small breaks. Not taking breaks makes you less productive because the stress of work will make you not want to do anything for the rest of the day. If you struggle with taking breaks, schedule one like a meeting and set a timer on your phone for five minutes.

4| Make Your Lunch Break Worth It

I know many people who prefer to take “working lunches.” The problem with this is that you’re not really setting aside time for your mind to not think about work. If you struggle with this—physically leave your office for part of your lunch and take a walk outside for 10 minutes. That way, you won’t be tempted to answer emails, phone calls, etc. You’ll return from lunch ready to finish out the day.

5| No Emails After 5

This is so difficult to abide by especially when emails are at our fingertips. I desperately try to not look at emails or respond to emails once I leave the office. If there’s an emergency, someone will call or text you about it if it can’t wait until the next day. You need to enjoy the short time you have after work to unwind and do things you truly enjoy. Whatever email you receive can wait until tomorrow, I promise.

6| Say No

Is your workload too much? Have you been taking on too much at work recently? Speak up, be honest, and learn to say no in the future. I cannot stress the importance of this tip because if you’re always saying yes, you’re taking away from your free time and work more before or after work. Ask for help when necessary, and make sure to say no if you know it will be too much for you to handle alone.

7| Plan Time Off Accordingly

I learned that many people in marketing let their vacation days go to waste, which is not good at all for achieving work-life balance. You need to make sure you’re setting aside time for personal days, a long-weekend vacation, etc. If you don’t take time off to recharge, you’re going to burn yourself out and you’re going to decrease productivity in your life and in your career altogether. Schedule your time off and budget for some emergency days/sick day as well.

8| Put Mental/Physical/Emotional Health First

The most important tip on here is to make sure you put your physical/mental/emotional health before ANYTHING work related. If you’re overwhelmed or not feeling 100 percent, talk to someone, go for a run, eat healthy, and go to all doctor appointments. It’s so important to take care of yourself in all areas of your life. When you’re all-around healthy, you’re happier and go to work with your best foot forward.

9| Work On Your Social Life

There was a period of time where I felt like I had no social life whatsoever with graduate school, working, interning and blogging all at once. While it’s great to work/intern and accomplish all your #GirlBoss goals, it’s all important to make time for friends, family and alone time as well. Text your friend and get a drink after work. Make time for Sunday breakfast with your family. Time with your loved ones is so important.

10| Take Advantage of Weekends

Make a list of everything you want to do over the weekend. Yes, I’m asking you to make a to-do list for the weekend—even if it’s “read a book,” “go for a hike,” “do laundry,” etc. The goal is to make the most of your weekends and do everything you can’t do and treat yourself to during the week. Instead of spending an entire day binge-watching Netflix, you can do several things you love and also enjoy some Netflix as well!

How do you achieve work-life balance? What tips would you add to this list? Make sure to leave a comment below!

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