4- SET GOALS
Setting quarterly goals is my favorite way to assess your work-life balance. This makes you sit down four times a year and be totally honest about how your life is going and what you want to accomplish in the upcoming quarter.
I encourage a mix of goals. Some should be work-related while others are personal. Some should be easy while others challenge you. Personally, I aim to complete 75% of my goals; this allows me some wiggle room, and it reminds me of the fact that life happens
. Visit my 3rd Quarter Goals for 2017
for more information about my goal-setting process, and try this positive habit in your life.
5- TAKE CARE OF YOUR BODY
Burnout. It’s a horrible feeling. It makes you sluggish and uninspired. Motivation is zero. But it is avoidable if we take care of ourselves physically.
Physical health doesn’t always mean protein shakes and hardcore daily workouts at the gym. You can switch it up to work for your activity level and endurance, and believe it or not, you might not need to go as often as you think. Even a half an hour three times a week can help your strength, endurance, and state of mind.
For those times you’re stuck at a desk, try stretching at least once an hour. I use my five-minute or ten-minute breaks to stretch, pace, and heat up my coffee. This leaves time for a few yoga poses, too, if space allows. Get your blood pumping before you get back to work!
6- TAKE CARE OF YOUR MIND AND EMOTIONS
Emotional health isn’t something to ignore, either. What causes you stress? Why? How do you fix it?
These are questions I constantly ask myself if I’m stressed or upset. I like to think of cause and effect as a way to find a solution to a problem.
Example: In college, I procrastinated on a paper. As a result, I didn’t earn the grade I was hoping for. The solution was simple: I needed to plan ahead to get my assignments done on time and be satisfied with them.
I should note this is a simple problem that is easy to overcome. Sometimes taking care of yourself emotionally isn’t this easy. Make sure you have a good support system of friends and family, and if you need additional help, reach out to someone; there is no shame in asking for help. It can ensure that you’re at the top of your game!
7- SET ASIDE TIME FOR WHAT MATTERS
Make sure you schedule special time with friends, family, or a significant other at least once a week. We might hear this all the time, but it needs to be heard: we’re only young once; we have our whole lives to work, and we should enjoy some quality time with those we care about. A game night, movie night, or brunch are all good choices to spend time with loved ones.
PRO TIP: Keep things casual to avoid extra planning. This frees up time and relieves the pressure that comes with planning some “big event.”