Are you struggling to juggle work and the rest of your life? Finding a better work-life balance is harder than ever. With technology and telecommuting increasing the demand on employees, it can seem impossible to find a balance between work and the ‘me time’ that you need. One way to help yourself find a better work-life balance – one that works for you and your family – is to engage in a simple bullet journaling practice.
What is Work-Life Balance?
While some people call it “work-life balance,” others prefer the term “work-life harmony.” Either way, it’s so elusive that some classify it as a rainbow unicorn. In fact, in a recent national survey, 70% of adults said they had difficulty balancing the demands of the workplace with their personal life. (So if you’re running as fast as you can, but still can’t keep up, you’re not the only one!) Even people who work at home can get stressed out trying to wrangle fussy children or clients while also managing a home and personal priorities.
How Can Bullet Journaling Boost Work-Life Balance?
Keeping a bullet journal can help you keep a healthy work-life balance in many ways. To-Do lists and calendars are crucial for balancing your work and personal life, and avoiding stress, overwhelm, and burn-out. If you realize that you’re often list too many activities, you’ll know that it’s time to give yourself a break and schedule in some fun and relaxation. Bullet journaling is also an amazing hobby that you can enjoy in your free time or quite moments.
Bullet journalists tend to become more organized and focused, and so more productive. This is mainly because a BuJo encourages you to establish a schedule that works best for you. It also allows you to remain “in the present” and completely focused during work hours, knowing that you haven’t forgotten any crucial details or deadlines. You can turn that anxious, worrying part of your brain off while you concentrate on the task at hand. Being mindful also helps you prioritize between what tasks are urgent and what you can take your time on.
Daily Work-Life Tips:
To help you establish the best possible work-life balance, here are some daily practices you might choose to engage in:
If you’re like many adults, having your phone on means you’re expected to be constantly accessible. One strategy to keep yourself mindful of your stress and help you relax is to take some “unplugged” time each day where you turn off your phone and ignore your other devices. Constant phone notifications and emails can feel overwhelming, and by unplugging for a bit, you can enjoy a relaxing activity to help yourself recharge in a way that you can’t with your devices in front of you.
Stop and Breathe
Being mindful means being aware of what is going on in your life. It means being aware of what’s going on around you, in your mind, and in the moment. Take a few moments when you’re feeling overwhelmed and unproductive to stop and breathe. Breathing slowing and deliberately clears your mind and enables you to focus.
Notice What You’re Feeling
You’re not feeling productive, but why not? Are you doing too many things at once and feeling lost in the process? Are you rushed? Are you feeling as if you’re never going to get it all done and that’s making you feel upset? Figure out what you’re feeling and write it down. Now you can see what’s really bothering you and making you feel this way, and you can check that off your list immediately by handling it. For example, perhaps you have to leave for the evening in a few hours and you have a long to-do list you can’t seem to finish because you really
want to come home to a clean house.
You can’t focus on your work until your house is straightened up. Stop what you’re doing and take a few moments to wipe down the counters or start some laundry. Once it’s off your mind because it’s done, you have more time to focus on the things you were doing.
Exercise should be up there with eating regular meals and drinking enough water on your list of personal needs. Exercise is one of the best stress-relievers and is proven to make people more productive overall, not least because it helps you remain mindful and focused on the moment.
Make a Personalized Schedule
One final tip to maintain a good work-life balance is to create a schedule that best suits your needs. Be mindful of your stress levels on a day-to-day basis and find activities that help you reduce stress, then incorporate these into your schedule along with hours spent working.
Accept Things You Can’t Control
You can’t do everything, and it’s time to accept that. When you’re mindful of the fact you can’t control something right this second for whatever reason, you’re able to let it go and focus on what you can control. It helps with work, it helps at home, and it helps with your productivity. Make a list of everything you’re doing and separate it by what you can control and what you can’t. That tangible reminder helps you feel more motivated to handle what you can.
Mindfulness is not always easy to practice unless you take the time to make it stick. Your mind and body know what you want and need, but you need to learn how to focus on that rather than focusing on everything else. Take the time to be present and learn how to make your mindfulness routine more productive.