As a professional woman, I have many responsibilities to juggle and a busy social life. The need to do more with less at work and home, leaves me, at times, stressed out. I’m sure you can relate to feeling overwhelmed and stressed out as you juggle both worlds.
Here are four tips I use to make my life easier. Because I’ve made them a part of my routine, my days are less stressful and more productive. Hopefully, they can help you as well.
#1. Invest Time in Preparation
If you start the week unorganized, work can pile up, which is why I clean my desk and organize my projects before I leave the office on Friday. I also review my calendar for the coming week to see what I have scheduled. My calendar is my lifeline, as it helps me stay on track.
When I start work on Monday morning, I’m ready for the week. I’m aware of what my schedule is and what my priorities are. At home, I pack my lunch the night before, so it’s ready to grab and go. I also make sure my work bag is ready to go every night. I don’t have time to fumble around looking for it before I leave the house in the morning.
#2. Become an Early Riser
Giving yourself a few extra minutes can be beneficial in many ways. It allows you to clear your head and prepare to tackle any task or obstacle that may come your way.
Make an effort to wake up 30 minutes earlier than normal. Use this extra time to exercise, meditate, write in your journal, or do a few household chores. I make my bed every morning and straighten up before I leave for work. When I get home at night, I don’t walk into a mess.
#3. Eliminate Energy Drains
Give yourself permission to say NO without feeling guilty. Balancing YES and NO can help you avoid being overwhelmed and drained. In order to be effective with your time, you will have to learn to say NO to other people and be comfortable with that decision.
Sometimes you need to shut down and regroup. Spending time with your family off the grid, so to speak, helps you maintain a balanced personal, family, and professional life. Shut down every night from social media and enjoy your family and friends or catch up on a TV show you’ve missed. You need to set your priorities and be physically and mentally present with your family and friends.
We could all use a little more time, but making time for yourself is important, so hopefully, the few tips I provided will help you make one change to make your life easier.