Are you feeling overwhelmed with work-life demands? During periods of high stress, when everything seems to be piling on top of you, it’s easy to feel like you’ve lost control. But life doesn’t have to be this way! It’s up to you to change your mindset and take ownership of how you spend your time.
Here are “5 Simple Ways to Take Back Control of Your Life“, as provided by guest blogger, Johanna Cider.
Create Healthy Habits
When you begin to feel stressed and overwhelmed every day when you wake up, it’s time to re-evaluate your lifestyle habits. The healthier you feel in your mind and body, the happier and more productive you will be on a daily basis. Ask yourself: Are you getting enough sleep? Try to stick to a regular sleep schedule, going to bed at the same time each night and waking up at the same time each morning.
Also, pay close attention to what you eat on a regular basis. You should always make time for a healthy breakfast each morning, even if it means getting up earlier. Eating a proper meal in the morning will give you the energy and strength you need to finish your tasks throughout the day.
Incorporate Exercise at Work
It’s important to incorporate regular physical activity into your workday. Staying glued to your desk all day makes it hard to focus and can make you feel even more tired.
Use your breaks to get up and move, whether that involves going to a lunchtime yoga class or going for a walk outside. While sitting at your desk during the day, try doing some stationary exercises to give your muscles a workout. Start with some simple calf raises and glute squeezes or do some arm curls behind your computer screen.
Clean & Declutter Your House
Your environment can have a significant impact on your mindset and mood. Living in a messy, disorganized space can make you feel stressed and confused. Set aside some time to clean and declutter your house, tackling one area at a time. Once everything is neat and tidy, you will feel a sense of accomplishment and feel more in control of your living environment. Coming home to an organized house after work will also allow you to unwind better and de-stress after a busy workday.
Learn to Prioritize
Learning how to prioritize correctly is a vital step for increasing productivity at work. The key is to tackle each task one step at a time until completion. Multi-tasking may seem like a time-saver, but in reality, it only decreases your productivity and the quality of your work. Once you’re outside of work hours, turn off your work email notifications and prioritize focusing on yourself and the things that make you happy. Learning how to say no will help you set boundaries between your professional life and personal life.
Make Lists & Set Goals
Setting goals are one of the most powerful ways to fuel motivation and ambition to accomplish things in life. It’s a crucial step to success and one that all business professionals should follow. To start the goal-setting process, think about some general goals you want to achieve in the different areas of your life.
Once you have the bigger picture in mind, you can begin breaking your large-scale goals into smaller, achievable goals. Turn these goals into positive action statements, by writing down the steps you will take to achieve them. With clearly defined purposes in mind, you will know where to concentrate your efforts and know how to organize your time wisely.
Johanna Cider is a New Zealand-based writer. You can find more of Johanna’s work here.
Thank you, Johanna, for your contribution to our blog.
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