Spring is finally here! The green trees, beautiful blooms, and endless sunshine instantly improve my mood!
I have welcomed the change in scenery and weather for several reasons: one being that I can save time in the mornings by not having to put on a coat, hat, scarf, and gloves.
I struggled with my work/life balance during the first couple of months of 2016. Somehow, I let the combination of holiday fog and the pressure of growing my business get to me. I was overwhelmed and I didn’t realize it until it started to affect my health negatively.
The good news is that once I recognized it, I was able to get myself healthy again. I decided to take some time to reevaluate things and restructure my work/life balance. I needed to step back.
My current daily schedule is very hectic. I am always moving. No, really, always moving.
There are times when I barely have time to eat even if I have taught a Zumba class or gone for a 4-mile run. I have had to get over the fact that I can’t clean my entire house every day and that dishes will be in the sink overnight. I have even accepted the fact that my son does not take a bath every night and he may eat applesauce and peanut butter crackers for dinner at his request. It’s fine. Really.
I had to put some rules in place for myself to remind me to take time refocus and refresh myself.
Here are my personal rules:
- Make realistic weekly goals. Don’t overschedule and make time to relax. I am still trying to work on meditating every day.
- Stick to my schedule. Work time is just for working. Family time is for my family. This is especially hard because my business is still growing and I make it a point to be available to potential clients all the time.
- Work hard, Play hard. In the past year, I have sacrificed my time to socialize and spend time with my friends. I’d even love to spend more alone time with my husband. This is definitely a priority because it’s during these times that I am most refreshed and better prepared to work.
I am hoping that these new rules will help me be more intentional about how I spend my time and lead to a better work/life balance. I know the change won’t happen immediately, but this blog post is the first step.
How do you ensure that your work and family life are balanced?