I wrote in my last blog post about how I’m getting pretty sick of the same routine. That work, gym, eat, sleep and repeat routine, which I seem to have been stuck in lately. Being off work with a virus last week got me thinking, I really need to start working on that work-life balance, and want to start getting things booked into the diary to break free from it a little.
This week I put those plans into action, and whilst chilling on a spa evening with friends, a book in hand and wrapped in a fluffy white robe, I realised it was the first time in a few weeks since I’d completely switched off from work and everything that comes with it. It was quite liberating actually, and I woke up the next day feeling completely refreshed and rested. So from now until my next big break to New Zealand, I want to continue to make time to take a break from my routine. And this is just how I’ll do it…
- Plan things with friends and family
Make the time in your hectic schedule to see friends and family members. Whether it’s going out for dinner, meeting for a walk, or heading out for a mini road trip-style adventure, get things planned in the diary. I try really hard to arrange something sociable for one or two weeknights, even if it’s a gym session with a friend. It really helps to break up the cycle and I always feel so good after socialising and seeing people.
- Go to bed early
I mean, I don’t even have to force myself to do this because I am in bed by 10pm most nights, but sleep and getting enough rest is so important when you’re trying to nail the work-life balance. In order to not overdo it while I fit things in amongst work, training, seeing friends and working on my blog and reading projects, I have to get enough sleep. Or else I keel over and am wiped out for a fair few days…
- Find something that helps you switch off in the evening
I’m bloody awful for scrolling through work e-mails in the evenings, and it’s something I’ve really been trying to work on this year. I think it’s great to prioritise your work and career, but when it comes to a point where you’re checking e-mails and making plans for the next day before bed, you know you need to find a distraction that helps you unwind. Blogging has been so great for that, and for the last few weeks I’ve been making time to read before bed too. It’s so nice to not be absentmindedly nosing through social media also, and spending the whole evening glued to my phone.
- Make your work routine work for you
I feel sometimes that I am dictated by my office hours, which I guess is standard for most of us. I’m trying now though to make my office routine work for me, by getting up earlier to work out or to do smaller jobs in the morning when I’m most productive, so that I can enjoy and relax more in the evenings. It’s really helped.
- Keep a diary and schedule in some “me time”
And finally, it’s got to that point where I actually plan my weeks so far in advance that I make sure I take a break from it all now and again. It actually really helps to write it all out, so I know what I’m doing and when I’m doing it, even if it’s just spending the evening with a face mask and a friend.
Lots of love. xoxo