It’s the beginning of a new work day and, by now, most of us are back to the hustle and bustle. This means that you would have to deal with the constant traffic, especially during rush hours as kids resume at school and businesses come back in full bloom.
As a worker, it means getting back to the stressful nature of your daily life, the daily battle with morning and evening rush and the traffic that comes with it, alongside the stress of juggling everything that comes with life as an adult. Don’t you just miss the days of being a kid?
This day shouldn’t be the same as the last where you felt like you had no control over anything. How can this possibly any different, you may ask? Just by making a few life-changing decisions, you can impact your day for the best.
Here are a few practical ways you can make your workday the most awesome ever and improve your work-life balance, whether you are an entrepreneur or employee.
Three practical ways to improve your work-life balance
1. Take charge of your alarm
Let’s be honest, many of us aren’t early risers and are fond of snoozing our alarm over and over again. Many sleep scientists have argued that snoozing your alarm repeatedly to jolt you from sleep rather than as a way to stretch and gradually wake up, might not do your health justice. If you are too tired, snoozing your alarm may take you into a deep sleep cycle. It can also get you in the wrong mood and make you feel worn out all day.
Instead of doing the usual, try to set your alarm and keep it far away from you. You’ll be forced to stand up and gradually wake up or stretch. This will help you maximise your morning hours.
2. Take advantage of your commute
Most often than not, we are so keen to complain about the terrible traffic during rush hours. Unfortunately, we have little or no control over traffic. So, why not make use of your commute by doing something productive.
You can listen to soothing music, an audio-book or a podcast. If you aren’t driving, you can read a book. Or think through on a pet project you’ve been dreaming about for years. You should create spare time to finally actualise your dreams. Start thinking and cracking walls during your commute. Better still, just sleep through the traffic if you are not driving. It will take some steam off you rather than complaining about it.
3. Create a new routine
Start with trying to consistently do about two to three things on your wish list, and be intentional about it. For example, you can decide to drink at least eight glasses of water every day and take a walk every afternoon during your lunch break. These are activities that will help you stay healthy and are quite achievable. Depending on areas that you think are lacking in your life, create a realistic routine for the year. Stick to it to avoid every work-related stress in your life.
It’s important that you take a conscious effort to ensure that your work-life is better and has more balance than it was last year because your work affects every other aspect of your life.