Work-Life Balance: Manage your Time, Improve Relationships, & Avoid Burnout

Work-Life Balance: Manage your Time, Improve Relationships, & Avoid Burnout

What is Work-Life Balance?

We live in a society that glorifies over-working. We “werk werk werk,” and at the end of the work day, we jump in our cars to start our “side hustles.” “Work hard, stay humble” is our mantra. Relax at the end of the day? Cook that Pinterest meal? Work-life balance is a distant ideal.

The line between work and life is becoming increasingly blurred. In a recent study, researchers found that 81% of American workers check their work e-mail outside of work hours. Work is the second highest source of stress, with 65% of polled Americans reporting work-related stress.

But having fun, pursuing your hobbies, and loving your life is possible. These changes in your routine will help you be able to manage your time at work, get along better with your coworkers, and avoid burnout so that when you come home, you can enjoy the life you’ve worked hard for!

Manage your Time

  • Start your day off with the hardest tasks. You’re often more motivated in the morning. Use that energy for good.
  • Create a to-do list in order of your priorities for the day. Write in breaks for yourself to make sure you take them! Break tasks down to feel more accomplished.
  • Use the Pomodoro technique. Set a timer on your phone for 25 minutes, and work hard until time’s up. Then take a 5-minute break. Continue this cycle three times, and after the third time, treat yo self! Take a 15-30 minute break.
  • Try the Forest app. This one works similarly to Pomodoro except you plant cute virtual trees the more productive you are. Plus, you can use your hard work to plant real trees around the world!
  • Don’t work overtime! If you can’t get your work done during your shift, you have either taken on too much or you’re not managing your time appropriately.

Improve your Relationships

  • Set boundaries with your coworkers. Adopt an “office hours” schedule if you can to avoid unexpected interruptions.
  • Schedule time in your day to check your e-mail. Decide how many times you will check it per day. And don’t check it after you’ve left work!
  • Learn how to say “no.” Learn how to advocate and negotiate. Be careful to not over-apologize!
  • Get to know your coworkers. Having friends at work makes the days seem shorter.
  • Say thank you! Gratitude reduces stress and improves your overall functioning.
  • Pay attention to how you talk about work. Keep work complaints away from the dinner table.

Avoid Burnout

  • Create a morning and evening routine. Routine means one less thing to stress about because you already know what to expect!
  • Eat healthy and get enough sleep. If your basic needs aren’t met, you’ll have a harder time functioning at work and home.
  • Eat in the lunchroom. Use your lunch hour to do the things you don’t seem to have time to do! Catch up on your reading or take a walk. Avoid mindless activities like swiping through Facebook.
  • Have a commute? Take your time to intentionally transition from work mode to life mode.
  • Disconnect your work e-mail from your phone so you’re not tempted to work after hours.
  • Plan to do one thing for yourself everyday, even if it’s small. Grab a coffee from Starbucks, go to the gym, or do some crafts.

How do you achieve a work-life balance? I’d love to hear from you! Leave me your best tips in the comments!


Work-Life Balance: Manage your Time, Improve Relationships, & Avoid Burnout

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  • Lauren Cooper

    I love the idea of doing something for yourself every day, even if it’s just grabbing a coffee. For me, heading to bed a hour early just to get some alone time to cuddle my pup, watch some Netflix, and relax in bed is my designated “me time”. Sometimes life is just too hectic. No one ever bats an eye if you just want to head to bed early ๐Ÿ™‚

    • That’s a good one! I think people get overwhelmed with the idea of doing something for themselves everyday because they think it has to be a big thing but it really doesn’t.

    • Absolutely! My bed is definitely my happy place. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Sarah Jean

    I am a morning person so can definitely relate to getting as much done as I can in the morning! I’m also an introvert so scheduling downtime is key to avoiding burnout for me.

  • You’re spot on for sure! I really wish others would catch on to work-life balance! Great tips. Sharing!

  • Love this! I think most of us suck at work life balance because we treat our “life” as 50% and “work” as 50% when there are way more parts to our personal life so you can’t just categorize it as “life”. I always like to use the 7 S Words when I talk about balance… Self, Service, Social, Security, Spirituality, Self-Development and Spouse. I think when you separate it like that, it forces you to see where you’re lacking balance.

  • sweetsnsnarks

    My husband also works from home and whenever he makes the mistake of checking his email on “off hours” I know it’s going to end up frustrating both of us, especially since he works up to 20 hours a day. I know we always look forward to taking time away from our computers for short breaks including going to the dog park, going for a walk, etc.

    • Working from home creates it own challenges for sure. When I was growing up, my neighbor owned his own business in his pole barn. Even though he could easily walk to work each day, I remember him pulling out of his garage and driving to the pole barn each morning. It helped him separate work and home. Maybe your husband could find a transitional routine that works for him!

  • Holly Downing

    These are great suggestions- I always find that when I get to the office early I am so much more productive with my day.

  • These are great topics to discuss. I’ve found the burnout to be happening a lot when I start skipping lunch. As much as I would love to get the extra work done sometimes I just need to walk away.

    • Absolutely. Once you’re fueled by frustration it’s hard to be very productive anyway. They call it hangry for a reason ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Sade Tamara Lee

    I needed to read this today… i am at the point between child-husband-work-blog-life. I’m going to try reset my boundaries and work on my time management. Thanks for sharing

  • Danielle Fairhurst

    Really great post! I am so guilty of living a very imbalanced work life bias, I need to keep working on it so I really appreciate the suggestions ๐Ÿ™‚

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