6 ways to achieve a work-life balance in a 24/7 world

Work-life balanceA good friend of mine dated a girl who wouldn’t leave her apartment without her two cell phones. One phone was her personal phone and the other phone was her work cell phone. She wouldn’t go through a meal without stopping to take an important phone call or answer an important email. She sat across from him, in a beautiful designer dress, stressed out and upset over constant changes in her company.

How can you balance work and life in a 24/7 world?

Schedule “me time.”

Even if your job requires you to carry a corporate phone at all times, try to schedule blocks of time for yourself. Schedule an hour or two here, or an hour or two there. If you are too afraid to do this, then consider whether this is a job you want to keep. Schedule quiet time or quality time with friends, family, or a significant other. This may include a nice dinner, a day at the beach, or a spa trip.

Stop the Sunday evening jitters.

When my younger brother started his first job after college, he would start getting antsy every Sunday evening. He would start talking about difficult projects, annoying coworkers, and his fear of staying late. By thinking about work on Sunday nights, he was unnecessarily extending his time at work. Use your Sunday evenings for yourself. Try to complete all your errands earlier in the week. Save Sunday evenings for anything you’d like to do. For example, watch your TV favorite show, visit or call a good friend, or spend time with family.

Use your commute to de-stress.

Make an effort to leave earlier than usual so that your commute is a time of relaxation instead of a time of high stress. Listen to calming music or enjoyable talk radio – such as stand-up comedy or a good audio book – to lighten your mood as you travel to and from work. Every few weeks, find new music and radio shows.

Sleep at least 7 hours each night. 

Sometimes it’s not possible to get 8 hours of sleep every night. Sometimes it’s tough to squeeze in 5 hours. Shooting for 7 hours will give you more peace and more energy during the day, while still allowing for the occasional late night.

Make an effort to eat healthy.

Your diet can have a significant impact on your mood. Eating fast food while you’re on the run to your next meeting will only make you feel good in the short run. Scientists say it is best to eat sitting down, with a friend or family member, and slowly enjoy each bite. This will help you keep a healthy weight and will help maintain lower stress levels. While it’s not always possible to eat healthy, planning ahead and packing healthy snack foods will help resist the urge to buy fast food.

Reconsider your priorities.

Do you work to live, or live to work? Why do you work so many hours? Is your salary worth it? Is there another job that offers a similar salary for a better work/life balance? Consider whether you want to spend most of your life working or if you want to spend your life doing what you love. And if it’s time to find a new job, just starting your search will help you feel less stress. At the end of the day, it’s your life, and it would be a shame to waste it working at a job you hate.

This guest post was written by freeresumebuilder.org