… Even when your schedule is against you.
Finding that perfect work/life balance can be difficult and it’s normal to want to hit the bed as soon as you get back from your day job (that you may or may not be enjoying) but it’s essential that you take your “down time” to reflect. Think about where you are, where you want to be and how you can get there.
Be productive with your time
Just because you’re busy, doesn’t mean you’re being productive. Remember that when you’re having a hectic day where you seem to have a lot on your plate, ask yourself: which jobs are a priority? and which jobs are going to benefit me? If you don’t have anything scheduled into your day that you can honestly say is a stepping stone to where you want to be, then you need to lay one down.
Write down your goals
Writing things down often makes things more real. We have probably millions of different thoughts every day and making a note of the important ones really does help to keep things in perspective and stops you procrastinating. Write down, either daily or weekly, what goals you would like to achieve and how you plan to reach them- and be realistic!
Say YES to the right things
Saying yes to everything is not only unproductive but entirely impossible. Learning to manage and prioritise tasks is essential to your success. It’s more about saying yes to the right things and knowing when to say no. Consider whether the opportunity will be beneficial to you- emotionally, socially, mentally or professionally.
Have some down time
When you hear about the success of others, they often talk about working 60+ hrs a week but what you don’t hear a lot about is the importance of taking a little time out. I like to think of it as you would exercising. Your rest days are just as important as your workout days. If you don’t give yourself well deserved time out every now and again, your body will force you to take it. Switch email notifications off and binge watch some TV, meditate or take a long bath.