It’s easy to become so caught up in work (and/or school) that you forget to make time for yourself. Striking a balance between the two is crucial, but it’s much easier said than done. That’s why for the latest edition of Tip Tuesday we’ve pulled together three simple ways to help you strike that elusive, but much needed balance between your responsibilities and personal life.

  1. Schedule ‘Me Time’

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If you’re like us, it sometimes feels like there aren’t enough hours in the day to accomplish your goals and still have time left over to pursue hobbies or simply relax. However, in order to be effective at work, it’s vital to give yourself time to unwind so you wake up the next day feeling recharged and ready to tackle your next challenge. Allot a specific amount of time per day strictly for doing things that make you happy. If you’re an athlete, make time to practice a sport you enjoy, whether independently or with a team. If you’re a bookworm, give yourself a break by relaxing  with the latest bestseller. Regardless of what your hobbies are, make sure you make time for them. Chances are you’ll be more productive and have more energy if you nurture your passions.

2. Cut out Time Wasting Activities

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When you have such little free time, it’s important to make the most of it. You probably  don’t even realize you’re squandering precious time on activities that don’t add value to your personal or professional life. Identify energy draining activities and minimize the amount of time you spend on them. For example, cut down the amount of time you spend surfing the web and scrolling through your social media feeds. Productivity shoots through the roof when you stay focused on your tasks and avoid distractions. You may even be able to clock off work early and spend time doing activities you actually enjoy. By cutting back on time wasters, you’ll find you have more of the aforementioned ‘me time.’

3. Manage Your Workload

Man drowning in stacks of paperwork

Many people give in to temptation and end up working on their off hours. While it’s important to stay on top of your responsibilities, it’s just as important to give yourself room to breathe. Overworking can have counterproductive effects such as a lack of energy and loss of concentration. If you get an email on a Sunday at 6 p.m., ask yourself if it needs immediate attention or if it can wait until Monday. Chances are it can wait until you’re back at work the next day. That being said, be sure to make the most of your time in the office so you aren’t stressing about work during your downtime. It’s all about time management — both inside and outside of the office.

We hope you enjoyed this week’s #TipTuesday! Check back next week for another round of quick tips.

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