Did you know that according to recent studies, nearly half of all working Americans didn’t take one single day of vacation last year?
Sadly, this statistic is real!
And while it’s true that we all need to pay our bills and provide for our families, we must not forget that it’s also important to enjoy life… because after all, what good is all that money and all those long working hours if you can’t spend them doing the things you love most?
If this sounds familiar, and you’re struggling to achieve a healthy balance between work and fun, and want to live (and die) with no regrets, then read below to discover 5 easy tips to start working-to-live instead of living-to-work:
Tip 1. Release the guilt.
Many people make work their #1 priority and they become so habituated to working really hard that when they decide to take some time off, they feel guilty about it. They put all their focus on their work and instead of being more productive, they quickly burn out as they’re not recharging themselves with new, invigorating energy.
If this is YOU and you feel guilty about taking time off, start by scheduling and planning your time off now. Let the people around you know (your boss, your team, your family) about your future plans so everyone can prepare accordingly. Doing this will help you enjoy your vacation time without regrets.
Tip 2. Work smarter not harder.
If your usual work schedule is 10 - 12 hours a day, try shortening it to a super-productive 8 hours and stay within that limit. Delegate the simple tasks and get a planner, scheduler or software that can help you get organized, and get things done in less time.
Tip 3. Use technology to your advantage.
Technology should help make your life easier, not control it or overwhelm you. Try avoiding technology when you’re spending time with your family or taking time for yourself.
Tip 4. Learn to say NO.
Do you end up doing things you actually don’t want to do just to please someone at work, in your family or a friend, and then later resent it?
Unfortunately, many people take on more responsibilities than they can handle, simply because they haven’t mastered the skill of saying no.
If this sounds like you, any time you feel tempted to say “yes” when you actually mean “no”, remember that saying “no” to unnecessary commitments or requests can give you the time you need to recover and regain your motivation, strength or maybe even your life!
Tip 5. Follow your passion.
When you follow your passion and add purpose to your work, it suddenly stops being something you “need” to do and becomes something you “love” to do. If you enjoy what you do, it will never feel like work. So make sure you balance out your work life by infusing purpose and passion into everything you do. :)
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Natalie Ledwell is a best selling author, speaker and successful entrepreneur. She's passionate about helping others to achieve their greatest dreams and ambitions through her personal development programs and her online TV show, The Inspiration Show.