While overworking seems to be popular these days in many circles, it’s extremely damaging. There’s absolutely no reason to overdo it, even if you have bills to pay. In fact, the harder you push yourself, the closer you get to the dangerous edge of overload and then even to burnout.
It’s all about balance.
It’s important to learn how to balance all the aspects of your life without just being focused on work twenty-four/seven. Sure, work is extremely important. It keeps your brain active and it provides the income necessary for you and your family to survive. Beware however that too much over a period of time wears you down, especially if you go non-stop.
The trick to balancing work with the rest of your life lies in the secret of taking twenty minutes out of your day. You may think you’re too busy, but let me assure you that by taking twenty minutes, in separate five minute appointments with yourself throughout the day, and using them as suggested here, you will have more time than you had before you started.
Try to make these four important five minute appointments non-negotiable:
Five minutes for meditation.
This exercise at the beginning of each day is crucial. Meditating can mean the difference between attacking your day with ferocity and approaching it with an aura of calmness.
Meditation centers your mind and calms your spirit. It also helps relieve any tension you feel about the day ahead.
Meditation can help you focus on your inner power and remind you that you’re important to others.
Five minutes for planning.
Once you’ve meditated, it’s time to plan your day. Planning means organizing your tasks so you can be productive without abusing yourself.
Prioritize your tasks based on their importance.
Try your best to stick to the plan for the day. Having a clear plan for what you want to accomplish helps to keep you focused and stress-free.
Five minutes for checking in.
Whether all at once or in one-minute intervals, check up on yourself. Assess how well you’ve been able to stick to your plan. Have you accomplished your important tasks? Have you been able to manage your day without losing your cool?
There may be times when you’ll have to readjust your list of tasks. There are bound to be unforeseen circumstances. But what’s important is that you take them in stride.
Avoid letting unexpected events throw your plan out completely. Take a moment to change your approach. Learn how to go with the flow.
Five minutes for winding down.
Now that you’ve come to the end of the day, it’s time to wind down. You’ve probably never allowed yourself the opportunity to do that before. Taking time to wind down is the best way to relieve the stress of the day.
Engage in some relaxing activities. Do you like yoga or would you prefer to sit quietly and listen to jazz music? Let go of what happened today and get ready for tomorrow.
Winding down also opens you up to spending quality time with loved ones. You’ll probably agree that at the end of a busy day, you may be too tired to interact with anyone. That will change when you allow yourself to wind down each day.
Once you try it, you’ll realize that this approach works. You may even find that you need to adjust the five minute time allotments to be just a bit longer to accommodate your lifestyle. Just make sure that you are careful not to let these mini-appointments become time consuming in and of themselves.
Designating these four individual self appointments of just five minutes each day can help you maintain a balance between your professional and personal lives. It can also help you manage all other aspects of your life with relative ease. And you’ll enjoy a calmer, more peaceful existence that you didn’t think was possible!
Find your purpose – find your joy!
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