02.02.20165 min read

How to Balance Work and Life: 9 Tips and Exercises

Do yourself a favor and skip your next Facebook session in favor of one of these easy-to-do activities that yield BIG results. Pick one you like, set your kitchen timer or the alarm on your phone and see what a quarter of an hour can do for you today. It's time to balance work and life.

1. Breathe deeply

As little as two minutes of deep breathing can change your whole outlook on your day, and a full 15 minutes might just change your life. There are some great guided meditations available online and on iTunes if you want some additional structure.

2. Make art

Write a short poem, sing a song, play a bit of guitar or just doodle or draw. Connecting with your creativity is a sure-fire energy booster and a great way to stay in touch with your own inner wisdom. No need for fancy equipment or big ideas here. Try using index cards to make sure you keep your creations both short and casual.

3. Journal

A quick daily check-in with yourself can be the key to a whole new future. Pick a theme so that you stay focused. Record one thing about your kids each day (it’s wonderful to capture those cute stories and exasperating moments) or try a gratitude journal. Vent, whine, cry, celebrate—this writing is just for you.

4. Walk

Our bodies are designed to walk, and even a short daily walk has profound health benefits. I like to walk because it makes my brain work better; I always get good ideas when I’m walking, and I love my unplugged time outside. Experiment with different times of day and change up your route from time to time.

5. Connect with someone you like

Our true wealth lies in our relationships, and our wired world makes it easier than ever to reach out. Make it a priority to check in on old friends, coworkers, community members and colleagues. They’ll be delighted to hear from you when you call for “no reason,” and you never know where some of those conversations might lead.

6. Daydream

Space out. Let your mind wander. Some people have more success daydreaming when their hands are busy, so feel free to make a paper airplane, shuffle cards or twist pipe cleaners. Giving your mind some calm, unhurried time to noodle around allows you to tune in to your intuition and can lead to some truly great ideas.

7. Eat your broccoli

By this I mean spend 15 minutes working on an unpleasant task that you know must be done. Whether it’s doing your accounting, filling out your expense reports, or tending to some other pesky item breaking it down into small daily chunks will help you get it done before you know it. The feeling of having made even a little progress is SO much better than the feeling of having it hanging over your head.

8. Dance break

Get your boogie on. While this can have obvious health benefits, I’d rather see you dance for joy, for fun, to get your optimism going. If you have kids, it can be enormous fun to all dance together. Moving your body in new ways and really feeling the rhythm in your bones will keep you young, no matter how old you might feel some days.

9. Read a poem

There are so many wonderful classic poems, and spending a little time each day exploring them will both stimulate your imagination and deepen your humanity. You can get daily poems delivered via email through The Writer’s Almanac of Bentlily.

Samantha Bennett is a Creativity/Productivity Specialist, and the creator of both www.TheOrganizedArtistCompany.com and www.TheOrganizedEntrepreneurCompany.com. She is also proud to be an Infusionsoft Certified Partner. She is the author of the bestselling, Get It Done: From Procrastination to Creative Genius in 15 Minutes a Day (New World Library). She offers her nearly-legendary "Get It Done Workshops" online for overwhelmed procrastinators, frustrated overachievers and recovering perfectionists everywhere.

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