Has anyone ever mentioned that you cannot have everything you wish for at once?  

Sacrifice, according to folklore, after all, is the key to success. You need to give up on one thing to achieve something. Thus, you may see that some people choose to be a stay-at-home parent and leave the corporate world or remain in the workforce without thinking of starting a family.  

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There’s nothing wrong with striving hard for you to achieve your desired career goal and at the same time be a loving and responsible partner. The thing is, wanting to have both is seemingly impossible due to the demands required on each side; there’s just so much to do that neglect without compromise happens, mostly taking for granted current relationships.

No Is No

Are you always there when your boss needs you? Do you set your ringtone loud enough to wake you up in the middle of the night just in case a problem suddenly arises at the office? Are you the type of person who leaves a dinner date so that you can go to the office to double-check on a file that you already submitted? If your answer is resounding “yes,” then, congratulations, you have officially become a work zombie.

Avoid the incessant and increasingly ludicrous demands by mobilizing the power of saying “No.” Think before you agree on something that will eat up a lot of your time or is something that is not worth your time at all. If you can’t answer immediately, tell the person that you need a moment to think about it and that you’ll get back to him or her in a while. However, if you believe that you cannot do what is asked of you because you have someone waiting for you at home, just blurt it out and don’t hesitate to say no.

What Happens At Work, Stays At Work

Do not bring work home or do not even entertain any work-related thoughts that go inside your mind when you’re somewhere else. Once you step out of the office, anything that you haven’t finished for that particular day, you can do it the next day. If you are bothered that you have extra work lying around that you might forget, write them down as reminders on a post-it and stick it on your desktop monitor. Acknowledge that there will be work that requires more than 8 hours to finish and which can be done the next day.

Forbid Checking Emails

 

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Banning all employees to check their work emails the moment the clock strikes six is an excellent made-up law because this will force everyone to obey and stay focused on other important aspects of your life like family and friends. Although, it might be a bit tricky not to log into your email due to that twitchy feel of your fingers wanting to take a peek if there’s an announcement from work or an email from the big man. Often, checking of emails while you’re at home or having a vacation is not added productivity but just unnecessary and untimely stress.

Do Not Reply Immediately

As much as possible, make them wait for your response. Do not come running around in an instant if you see that there’s a new email sent to you or that there’s a new notification in your company’s group chat. A pretty good technique to set ground rules and prevent incessant requests is to make it clear that a response will be provided within 24 to 48 hours. On the other hand, if you received a text message which requires an immediate response, you can always opt to say no. The point is, you are trying to tell people that you are a person who has a life and is not tied to his or her desk.

Admittedly, these techniques are hard to apply especially if you are just a new member of the team or are continually struggling to be promoted. But if you’re really determined to reach your goals and still be a good partner, you should know how to handle your time, as well as the people around you.

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Ever get that feeling that no matter how intricately you’ve planned, there’s still not enough time in a week to fulfill everything?

 

If you find yourself always hustling, always wrestling with every hour of every day, you are not the only one. Apparently, the more obligations or responsibilities that fill your plate, the more difficult it becomes to get the sweet taste of that sense of equilibrium. Even so, achieving work-life balance is not impossible.

 

The demands of the current economy weighing in on people who have full-time jobs with side tasks create a feasible struggle in attaining work-life balance. So how can people successfully cope with the demands of their professional life without compromising their personal lives?

 

Recognize Work As A Choice You Make

 

Creating and maintaining a business necessitates relentless concentration which consumes a tremendous chunk of emotion and energy. Therefore, you have to ensure that you don’t sacrifice a lot to reach the goal, making sure that whatever challenges that you are about to face are channeled into constructive alterations. Remind yourself that work is a choice you make every day, and despite the increasingly overwhelming sense of duties and responsibilities, you have the freedom to do whatever you want. That said, do not devote all of your time striving for your business to succeed; there’s always another day for that. End your days doing the things that you love or you’re passionate about.

 

Center On Yourself

 

Building structure while achieving balance has always been a struggle in the business field, and even though you claim that you have “switched off” entirely to make time for personal needs, you’re never really truly gone from work. It is an exasperating experience that even if you’re someplace else enjoying a glass of margarita, your mind is still bothered by the presentation that you’ll have to do in a couple of days, thus, the reason why people can never attain work-life balance.

 

You have to remember that once you step out of that office, you leave everything behind and focus on making time for the things that you want to do. This is how you center on yourself. Make sure that you get enough amount of rest and sleep so that your mind is equipped with clarity and sensibility. During the weekends, go out with your friends or power down on vacation to find yourself that well-deserved balance. Reflections at home are also ideal. Just see to it that distractions like phone notifications are turned off, so you are not itching to check or respond.

 

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Be Inspired And Encouraged By Other People

 

While it is sometimes overwhelming to create a plan on how to achieve work-life balance, some people have successfully done it, and the secret is by drawing inspiration and encouragement from the people around you – your colleagues. Work can become so stressful that it bleeds into life. Finding strength from your core group to conquer and accomplish tasks efficiently and successfully is necessary.

 

Furthermore, these work individuals can positively embolden your spirit to indulge in common passions. Choose your company by surrounding yourself with people who match your spirit and enthusiasm, which can lead to an earnest crusade to better yourself.

 

While all of these tips provided are easier said than done, the technique is to primarily work with people who challenge and stimulate you to grow. Aside from making work less demeaning and stressful, supportive co-workers also provide a boost of energy that people require to face a tough day ahead. Lastly, never underestimate the little amount of time that you give yourself on a daily basis because this is your intentional self-care.

 

 

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People have a love and hate relationship with procrastination. There are days where people basked in the pleasure of lying in bed all day in their pajamas while watching television or Netflix. People crave the moments of chilling out and doing nothing. However, after these lazing around sessions, individuals also beat themselves up for being unproductive and spending precious days literally doing nothing but the secret of having a healthy and happy life is finding a balance between work and rest.

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Have you ever felt exhausted after long hours of work and yet your table has still a towering height of papers scheduled for completion? Have you ever had a day where you feel like you’ve been working your heart out, thinking that you were busy that even taking your lunch seems to be impossible, but still at the end of the day, you find yourself halfway through meeting your deadline? Frustrating, isn’t it? Unsatisfying, indeed, that despite your effort to go to work and meet all your deadlines, it’s still not enough because you’ve only been busy with work but not productive after all.

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Mental health is very significant these days. In one viral post by an employee asking for a mental health break, the entire working force was encouraged to push the idea that one should give importance to one’s mental health status.

If you are working the 9 to 5 grind, balancing work and family time, dealing with deadlines and demanding bosses, your mental health can be compromised. As this happens, you will see that there are changes in your productivity, relationships, and outlook in life. Experts believe that taking time off from work can change one’s perspectives towards a stressful environment. We recommend that one should also go into the habit of having a mental health planner to monitor and track one’s mental health status.

 

What is a Mental Health Planner?

My college friend and I started this a long time ago as we are preparing for our thesis and final defense. The last year in college is taking a toll on us, so we decided to work on it. In order not to lose sight of our wellbeing, we devised a planner to track our habits and see if there was a significant change in our behavior and mood.

The planner consisted of the following significant pages: (1) Prioritize this week!, (2) Water therapy, (3) Physical Activity, (4) Gratitude Log, and (5) Mood tracker.

 

Prioritize this week!

 

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We need to identify what needs the most important thing to do – that something which is highly required to accomplish among anything else. Focus on these things before moving forward to other tasks. This way, you are exclusively dedicated to completing the work and give all your best, review and make any relevant changes then start a new task. You can also modify this by breaking the tasks into chunks. If you think that all that you have listed are important and needs immediate attention, cut them into several parts and allow equal time to work on them until it is completed.

 

Water Therapy

Hydration is essential to energize body cells. Studies show that dehydration can lead to slow brain activity and slow physical activity. The recommended daily water intake is 1.5 liters to 2 liters per day. There are many creative ways to incorporate water therapy into your planner. You can jot down the number of glasses you have taken, or tally the frequencies that you drank water for the day. If you are on the techy side, many available digital apps can help you track your water intake.

 

Physical Activity

I am not really into exercising, so this is the hardest part of my planner to accomplish. However, research has provided significant information on the relationship between depression and heightened levels of anxiety and the lack of physical activity. I started doing morning walks and some strenuous exercise like joining a dance class twice a week. So far, I am enjoying the routine and the company of other participants. The more you are moving, the more endorphins are released from the body, thus making you more happy than depressed.

 

Gratitude Log

Anything that you are thankful for, you can write it here. If someone praises you for excellent work done, write it down. Something that is positive uplifts one’s mood increase self-esteem, and it can contribute to one’s mental wellness.

 

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Mood Tracker

What is your mood today? Are you grumpy, anxious, nervous, anxious, fearful, happy, sad, sleepy, tired, etc.? In a month, after doing this tracking activity, look at this page and observe how your mood fluctuated (or maybe not all) and relate them to your daily activities? Has it affected your dealings with other people or with your work? This is a great start to check on your emotions and behaviors and makes changes along the way.

 

Getting the job that you have always wanted since you were still young is probably one of the best things that can happen in your life. You may have thought of so many scenarios in the past, which can encourage you to get better at the said job. However, there are some challenges that you may encounter in the workplace that can make your days unbearable. One of the most common problems or issues encountered by a new person in the office is the difficulty of reaching out to the rest of the team.

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No matter how great you are as a person, it will always be a struggle to build relationships with your work colleagues. Do not take this against you because this kind of issue is only common for someone who is still new to the job. Fortunately, there are tons of ways on how you can connect well with the other people in your office:

Respect Boundaries

 Learning how to respect the boundaries of the people that you work with is one of the things that you must do. Learn the extent of their exclusive spaces, literally and figuratively. It means that you must avoid disturbing them in their office desks, especially if they are working with an urgent task. If you need something from them, learn how to ask politely. At the same time, you must also avoid getting too close right away. Get to know the other person first before trying to inquire about her personal life.

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Think Before You Speak

As much as possible, avoid being tactless in the workplace. Remind yourself that you are still new to the office, which means that you have little knowledge about how things work. The best thing that you must do is to think twice before you open your mouth. Do not say words that you are not sure of. You must refrain from giving comments, especially the negative ones. Take note that you still have no idea on the effect that it may have on someone. There is a high probability or chance that you will end up hurting the other person.

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Work Efficiently

Another great way to show everyone how a great and fantastic employee you are is through your work performance. Let the quality or greatness of your work speak for yourself. You do not need to brag to everyone that you have graduated with honors or that you have a wide experience when it comes to doing the tasks required of the job. Instead, keep on delivering satisfying outputs that can help the entire company meet its short term and long-term goals. The more you do it, the easier it would be for everyone to get along well with you. You will soon realize that you are starting to get close more than ever.

Being a new person in the work environment can be tough in the beginning. However, if you are smart enough to follow the tips provided above, everything is going to be easy.

There comes the point in our lives that we encounter this stumbling block that leaves us wondering if we can ever continue to do the things that we are presently doing. In short, we just lost the inspiration to perform our obligations. You probably know what I mean – too tired to go to school, or not enthusiastic to go to work, feeling weary about household chores, or don’t like to speak with friends. Psychologists say this is preferably a typical situation, especially if we are always overwhelmed with different tasks and responsibilities. Nonetheless, this is not something that you can just allow things to happen and pass by. You need to take control of the situation and be more pro-active in helping yourself getting your mojo back, so to speak.

 

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Are you constantly under a lot of pressure and stress because of your job? Do you feel that your physical or mental health is declining? Is it challenging for you to find more reasons to stay satisfied and happy? If you answered yes to all these, then maybe it is time to take a pause. Learn how to take a break from all the crazy events that are taking place in your life. The right and ideal thing to do at this moment is to take one step at a time so that you can become better when it comes to managing your schedule.

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One of the things that you have to consider at this point is to spend more quality time with your family. Take note that your family members have the power to take all your worries away. Because of this, you need to see to it that you always have time to bond with them. Below are some of the smart ideas that you can use if you want to have more quality moments with your spouse and kids:

Travel Abroad

If you have the budget and time to spend for an out-of-the-country trip for everyone in the family, make sure to do it as soon as possible. Traveling together can have tons of benefits for your family. Your partner will surely appreciate your efforts for this interesting idea. At the same time, your kids will find it exciting to expose themselves to a new environment. It can also be fun for everyone to explore the culture and tradition of other countries. All you have to do is to file a leave for at least five days so that you can have sufficient time to spend with your family. Of course, you must also think of the budget to spend.

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Have A Sunday Dinner Together

Are you aware that even a simple gathering for the weekend can already mean a big deal to your family? What you need to do is to find time to cook for everyone in your family. Gather them for an interesting evening of good food, great conversations, and amazing family time. The fact that you will be the one to prepare the meals will mean a lot for them. If you want to make the event more exciting, you can also consider watching movies after dinner. Another option is to have a board game night with your kids. Do whatever it takes to paint a smile on the face of every person in your family. Remember that they deserve nothing but the best in this world.

Go On Camping

Another easy yet effective method of spending a great time with the entire family is to go on camping for the weekend. You can drive to a nearby campsite and spend the night there. However, this is only a good idea if you already have experience in camping. Take note that you will be bringing your children with you. As such, their safety must be your primordial consideration. If you are not sure how to complete a camping activity, it is best to learn how to do it first. Never put your family’s safety at risk, unless you are sure that you have the proper abilities to prevent any potential harm to them.

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