You only have 24 hrs in a day.
Some would say that that’s just right. Others, possibly the majority of us, would say that it’s not enough…
I have had a few questions lately asking how I am able to do all the things I do, with the time (or little time) that I have.
For those of you that don’t know much about me, I am a 24 year old Communications graduate who works full time in a Corporate communications role. I am also a full time blogger, and am currently studying my Certificate IV in Fitness at the Australian Institute of Fitness, part time.
I also undertake styling and extra writing work on the side for various publications and organisations. I enjoy exercising regularly (I need to for my mental health), reading, relaxing with my boyfriend and our pet dog Rex, and SHOPPING!
I have recently realised (after taking on a variety of projects), that having a healthy work- life balance is really important. Working full time, or being a full time student and having part time work commitments can seriously take up 90% of your week, and sometimes it can feel as if that’s alllllllllllllll you seem to be doing.
Without having time-out breaks throughout a hectic schedule, you can easily run the risk of burning out. This also means that you aren’t able to perform to your normal ability, and it can have an adverse affect on your healthy life balance.
Part of having a healthy work – life balance is by making sure that you’re eating well, exercising and generally looking after your physical and mental well being.
Personally, when I first started taking on my various projects, I found it hard to squeeze in time for exercise and time for me and my body. Luckily for me my hours at work are manageable and I am able to squeeze in my 45 minutes of exercise a day in my mornings or afternoons.
If you find that you are struggling with balancing your life at at the moment, here are some tips:
- If you really want to do something, whether it be take on a new sport, go exercising every day, start a blog or set up weekly yoga classes; then you will make time for it. If you really are passionate about something, no matter what it is, then trust me; you’ll do anything to achieve it. Its that little thing inside us called perseverance and drive. We all have it somewhere, we’ve just got to use it!
- Make sure you’re not taking on too many tasks. You may think its best to take on that freelance writing or styling job, but when it comes down to actually doing the work, if you’re not 100% into it or dedicated, then don’t waste YOUR valuable time on it.
- If you want to be known as the #girlboss who is 100% driven and focused, then you need to really set yourself some clear and manageable goals. Set out (on paper works best), what you want to achieve in the next six months and seriously stick to it. 4-5 goals will do it.
- Make time for those who are really important to you. Have you got more friends then you can count on two hands? If so, are they all really your friends, and can you count on each and every one of them? If you find that you’re spending valuable time hanging out with those that you don’t really see as a true friend- then stop wasting your time! Dedicate that time to smashing those goals and hanging out with people that you truly value.
- Take at least 30 minutes out of your working day for yourself. Personally, every day during my lunch break I walk a couple of laps around the area in which I work. Taking this walk means that I can get out of the office, re-set my brain for the afternoon and process all my thoughts outside of the work environment. You don’t have to work up a sweat or put your joggers on, just a slow casual walk will do.
- Make sure that you’re starting and finishing your working days on time (unless you really do need to stay back late). Ensure that during your day you are productive and that you attempt to complete all of your tasks.This is so that you can clock off on time and head home, to the gym or whatever other commitment you may have.
- Treat yo self regularly – whether it be with a bunch of flowers or a facial, doing this comes highly recommended on my list!
These are some of the tips and hints that I wish I was told when I first started full time work.
In my opinion, as long as you have a healthy balance between work and personal life (whatever balance means to you, is entirely UP to you!), and you keep up with making time for the things you love and enjoy; you’ll be on the road to living a healthy and happy way of life.
This really is just a condensed version, so if you are needing further advice, then get in touch!