Finding time for the little things in life that bring your pleasure can be a constant struggle. But, it’s definitely worth the work you put in.
Balancing your work life, your “me” time and your time you spend working towards larger, non-career related goals is so important for a happier, more fulfilled existence.
If you can manage to do these 6 things, or at least strive to do them, you’ll be much happier in the long run. Your work/life balance may feel like a work in progress, and that’s ok. All any of us can do is try to find a system that works for us.
Doing these six things may very well help you do just that.
1. Celebrate Your Accomplishments
It’s easy to brush off that raise you got at work and think, “well now they’ll just be expecting more of me.” But, it’s important to really take time to bask in the your accomplishments, at least for a little while.
Go out to a nice dinner and treat yourself to dessert. You deserve it. Besides, you’ll be back at work the next day, and just remember, no matter what they throw your way, there’s nothing that you can’t handle.
2. Set Goals
I don’t know about you, but I’m a list maker. For everything. To-do lists, grocery lists, you name it. And one thing that I’ve found to be helpful is keeping a list of larger life goals. Writing them down can help put into perspective what you’re trying to achieve and what you have to do to achieve them.
This part is crucial: don’t just make the list. Let the list motivate you to actually accomplish your goals. This won’t come without a little hard work— but it’s so worth it.
3. Look Forward
Always try to keep moving forward. Don’t let the past get you down. Whatever’s happened, happened. There’s nothing you can do about it besides try to learn from it.
Just think, if that one thing that you always dwell on hadn’t happened to you, you might not be where you are today. So, try to look on the bright side and live for the moment, looking towards the future.
The last thing I want to do after a long day of work is exercise. Trust me. Even just putting on my sports bra feels like a workout in itself. But, if I make myself get moving, I feel much better and have more energy once I’m finished.
Working out doesn’t have to be some intense weight-lifting kind of thing, either. No, it can be just getting outside for a leisurely walk. The outdoor air and a little movement will work wonders. You’ll be happier and healthier in the long run.
Prioritizing will make your day to day life so much easier. Think about what has to get done and do it. Don’t spend time stressing over the things that don’t matter as much. They’ll work their way up on the list of importance, and you’ll get to them eventually.
6. Work Hard
Take time out for yourself, exercise, pamper yourself. But, also remember that you have to put in the work to meet those goals we talked about earlier. If you prioritize and make time for yourself, you won’t be working all of the time, but when you are, make sure you’re really giving it your all.
I truly believe that if you try to do these 6 things, your life will be better for it. I surely hope so, because these are definitely the tips I try to live by! Here’s to a happy successful life, folks! That’s what we’re all after anyways, right?
[h/t: Mind Body Green]