Being an adult comes with many responsibilities. Juggling work, family, friends, and managing yourself can be overwhelming at times.
If not done right, you will tend to excel at certain areas and trade-off others, or experience burn-out.
Work is essential, especially if you have people depending on you, and the feeling of carrying the world on your shoulders can be uncomfortable.
Getting the freedom to do anything you want can seem like a luxury when in fact, it’s all within your reach.
You can wait to do it all after retirement or when you finally have fewer responsibilities at hand. But as you probably know, life doesn’t work like that. There will always be something pressing at the back of your mind.
In this article, you will find ideas to help you attain peace and happiness and explore your interests while at the same time doing your best at work and pushing to new horizons.
1. Take Care of Yourself
It’s okay to take breaks. You can plan these by working ahead of schedule to not return to more stress than when you left. Also, when it comes to vacations, be fully present and savor every moment.
Activities to do on break
You can utilize this time to look after your mental and physical health by taking a vacation, reading books, exercising, or meditating.
Exercise, a good diet, and mindful practices can also help improve your mental clarity, boost your immune system, make you more present, and enjoy life while working, which adds to more productivity and a fulfilled life.
Create and enact boundaries by informing co-workers or your manager about the things you won’t be able to do during your free time or days off. This will make sure that there are no misunderstandings or confusion.
Take control of your time and remember, it’s a marathon, not a sprint, It might seem selfish, but it’s good if it grants you peace of mind.
2. Schedules and Procrastination
Time is a scarce resource. You will come to realize this when 24 hours seem like a short time because you have many things going on. It’s best to plan your day the night before, a few minutes before turning in so that you can have something to look forward to when the day starts.
Divide your day into several blocks and allocate tasks to each. When one ends, move on quickly to the next one, even if you were getting comfortable in the previous one.
Too much work to handle? Well, you can divide it into several chunks and reward yourself at each completed milestone. You will thus be less likely to feel overwhelmed or avoid it.
Also, knowing when you do your best work is an added advantage. That comes with self-awareness; it is best to block out these times and utilize them as much as possible. Discipline will take care of you, unlike anything else here.
Additionally, always ask yourself whether you are busy or productive. Create the schedule and try to adhere to it.
Combine tasks that can be done simultaneously, like replying to emails and eating or commuting to work, and listening to your favorite podcasts.
Find more avenues to multitask without compromising any activity. If time seems to slow down on a particular activity, always ask whether you are getting the best value for your time.
Wake up Early
It is another tool you can make use of. You get to kick off your projects early and finish them in time for other activities.
Not a morning person? Well, you can tire yourself with strenuous exercise or yoga, and you will be fast asleep.
Experts recommend that 7-9 hours of sleep can be enough for most individuals.
Please discard the need for perfection. Perfection can paralyze you, and you don’t want that. Twenty minutes of exercise is always better than nothing, the same as five minutes of reading. Making progress every day is the only thing that matters.
Procrastination will be your worst enemy. You might never get time to spend time with your family or read that book you have been putting off if you keep giving the excuse that you are buried in work.
3. Be Ready to Disappoint People
Having a list of priorities at hand will give you a laser-like focus and the courage to say ‘No’ to things you would typically agree to out of impulse. These can be goals you have set for yourself throughout the day or week.
Additionally, having something in mind ready to do when time clears up at work will be a relief, while others are lost in indecision.
Track your time and notice where you are hemorrhaging it. This can be gossip with your co-workers during the lunch break or after-work dinner parties that might not add value to you. Please be honest with yourself and trim off the time wasters.
4. How to Go About Evening Plans
If you have a dinner date to attend or an appointment, you might want to do the hardest or the most work early on during the day, not when your willpower has taken a dip in the afternoon. Give your goals the highest priority.
When at work, focus on work and nothing else. Having plans will help ground you and do the job more intently. Work with the deadlines that you have set for yourself.
This might mean giving your co-worker your phone and using other tools to block out sites that tempt you to waste time.
Also, leave a clause of about an hour before clocking out to ensure that everything at work is as it should be.
You will then be able to kill two birds with one stone; you won’t be behind at work, and you won’t flake on your appointments. Not thinking about work while out enjoying yourself is also a big plus.
5. Rest Intentionally
Are you pulling all-nighters or sleeping at odd hours in the night? Weekends can be good to help catch up on sleep. This can also help rejuvenate your energy to help take you through the coming week.
Social media can be your biggest enemy. Understandably, humans are social animals, but the last thing you want to do instead of resting is adding clutter to your mind. You will end up wasting time and thus feel more tired and unmotivated, which will compromise your productivity at work.
Commit to maybe taking a walk and being at one with nature, or visiting friends during this time.
However, make sure that you don’t take this as an opportunity to avoid work. Healthy habits are good, but they should not be an excuse for not accomplishing your goals. Do it with moderation, prioritize appropriately and have fun.
6. Delegate Work
Accept that you can’t do everything by yourself. This will free up your mental powers and time, which you can invest in other avenues. Working with your strengths will maximize productivity and free up more time for you to decompress from the pressure, spend time with family or connect with anything else you had in mind outside work.
You can do this by working with personal assistants, employing nannies for your children, hiring freelancers, a chef to prepare your meals, or even a person to walk your dog.
7. Be Flexible
There’s no doubt that routine can provide a structure in which you can be comfortable and thrive. However, life continues to prove to us that there are many things beyond our control. So it would be best to expect none of it to work and be ready for it.
There are times when work, family, or personal events will demand more of your time and attention, and you will have to make some sacrifices. Be ready to throw away the schedule and adjust to the times.
However, this should not persist for too long, lest it becomes your new norm, which is what you are trying to avoid. Please get back to your routine as fast as possible.
Also, make it a point to check your company’s flexibility policies and add them to your schedule if appropriate or propose them to your supervisor.
8. Are You Passionate About Your Work?
If you find every chance or excuse to avoid going to work, it could be a sign that you are not supposed to be doing it. It’s understandable; work sometimes is not fun, but not feeling like doing it should not be out of sheer laziness.
Try not to confuse the two; the ability to distinguish them comes with awareness of what you genuinely want, feel and believe.
Finding yourself drained after giving your all at work should serve as another red flag, and you should find out why as soon as possible. It could be a mismatch in careers or that your environment is toxic, affecting your mental health.
Just as doing the work is essential, it’s also necessary to know why you are doing it. This can be trying to set an example for your family, attaining financial freedom or challenging yourself. It will help you draw boundless energy and inspiration from the spiritual wells within you.
Moreover, it won’t have to feel like a chore because you are doing it for the right reasons. You will also persevere because you have the vision in mind that it will all be fruitful in the end.
Review all that you have done at the end of the day, pick out something you are proud of, and then note it down. This promotes gratitude and will make you feel good and ultimately promote your relationship with work. Do this as often as possible.
9. Spend Time With Family
If you have kids, you can take them or pick them up from school, go and watch their games or plays, take your significant other on a date, have breakfast or dinner with the family, or other things like that.
Working towards your goals can be gratifying, but it’s essential to keep in touch with your family as they are the only ones who will love you unconditionally when things don’t go well.
Remember to avoid talking about anything work-related as it might chip away at your relationships and rob you of many priceless moments.
Please be present, put down your phone, switch off the tv and connect with your people. This is why discipline has to be part of your routine.
10. Invest in Your Workspace
A poor workspace can cause back or shoulder problems, especially if you tend to stay at the desk for too long.
Therefore, your workspace should work in your favor by investing in a comfortable chair or a spacious desk that encourages proper hand placement and posture. It should also be less cluttered, allowing you to do your best work without distraction.
Also, investing in technology that makes work easier and more efficient should be prioritized so that you can increase productivity and free up more time.
Facing work demands can be challenging at times. Therefore, managing yourself is critical to creating more time, exploring other avenues, and making sure that you are not all about business.
Realize that this will take time, so you should practice patience and take an idea at a time. You might fail, but the goal should still be on the horizon. Try out things to know what works for you as there’s no one-size-fits-all in this.
Always review your day in the end and see what you can do more or less to make adjustments as needed. Be consistent, and it will start making sense with time.