Phone calls, charts, graphs, emails, flat soda, meetings, schedules, client management. These are all things we love. Well, except the flat soda. Even when you love what you do for a living, the mind and body needs a break. Of course that’s what vacations are for, but if we’re lucky we can only afford the time and finances to take a trip once a year at best. There are other ways to balance your work and personal life without booking an expensive cruise or resort package. Check out these ideas:
- Build a mini-vacation into each day. Even if it’s just downloading some new music by an artist you’ve been hearing about and taking a 15 to 20 minute walk on your lunch break to tune work out and listen in, scheduling time for pleasures such as this is a good way to decompress and maintain your sanity.
- Escape in the morning and rotate in the evenings. What do we mean by this? If you commute to work, make your mornings as stress free as possible if you can. Make yourself a gourmet cup of coffee, hit the gym, or if you’re taking the train in, simply catch up on a few more Z’s. In the evenings after work, meet with friends and have a leisurely bite to eat or catch up over a few drinks. Make sure you bookend your day in the most soothing of ways. When we say rotate, we mean try to do something different every other week. The spirit stays alive with variety.
- Support your friend and colleague projects. It’s not always about us. You may have tons of work to do, but never forget that others may be writing a film or novel or starting a business and may need just a quick email from you to say “I see what you’re doing and I’m proud of you!” Taking that moment to support someone else allows you a little breathing room and it’s always great to foster goodwill. Good deeds always boomerang back to us. Remember that!
- Spend more time with your children. We know this is a challenge, but kids grow up fast so it’s very important to spend as much time with them as you can. Read this article for some creative ideas.
- Make use of your PTO time. Or if you’re a contractor, be creative about how you schedule your work day so you can have time to do non-work activities.