Check-In Regularly with Yourself
Our lives, careers, relationships, and environments change often and so do our
needs, wants, and desires. Make some time to journal and reflect about what is
and what is not working for you right now in your life. Identify what your current
goals are and how you want to be spending your time on a daily and weekly basis. Then compare this to your current situation and look for gaps. I recommend
doing so at least once per year.
Use Tools to Manage Your Time
Use Google calendar and share it with family members to keep everyone on
the same page. Take the notes and lists from our regular check-in with yourself and add them to your calendar. If you decided to stop working by 5 p.m.
each day to make it to your much needed 5: 30 p.m. spin class, get this on your
calendar. As they say, if it’s not on your calendar, it won’t happen! Set timers and
alarms on your phone to keep you accountable.
Manage Expectations & Relationships
A lot of the stress we feel when we are out of balance comes from the expectations of others. Our boss, spouse, partner, and children all have demands and
expectations of us. Remember that you have control over much of this and negotiations are always an option. If you are partnered or married, I highly recommend
a regular “business meeting” or check-in to discuss family or relationship goals and
to do’s. My husband and I have a weekly 30-minute meeting to discuss everything
from household action items to upcoming travel and expenses. As needed, we
schedule a monthly, two-hour session for more detailed planning. This meeting
alone has improved our marriage and made life a lot easier to manage.
3 Tips to Create Work-Life Balance
Work-life balance means different things to different
people. As a holistic health coach, I work with women who
want to find balance in their body and their life. My work is
often focused on individual nutrition; however, as everything
is connected, you can’t talk about nutrition and wellness
without talking about life balance.
Just as balanced nutrition varies from person to person, so
does the balance of work and life demands. Maybe you
need more time with your family and less time at the of-
fice, or you’re looking to create more alone time to nurture
yourself, have some downtime, or pursue interests. What-
ever your motivation for needing to find balance between
your work and your life, set your intention to make small
changes this week toward finding the space that you need.
Here are three tips to help you along the way:
Angela Watson Robertson, MBA, is a former financial services sales executive turned
holistic health coach and wellness entrepreneur who teaches women to balance their
body and their life and create a wellness business form their heart and soul. Find her free
recipes, wellness tips and online nutrition programs at www.angelawatsonrobertson.com.
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