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Work and Life Balance

Are you the type who rarely have time going out on weekends because you’re busy working? Do you spend long hours at work that when you get home you go directly to bed without even changing your clothes? Is it difficult for you to find time for your family because of your job? Some of us have jobs that demand a lot of our time and effort but is it fair that we forget about all the other aspects of our lives just to comply with what is expected from us at work? Besides being employees, we are also human beings that need time for ourselves, families, and friends. Your boss is not the only person who needs you, your wife/husband needs you, your children need you, your parents need you and so are your friends. You also need to have time for yourself, you need to relax and pamper yourself sometimes because you deserve it. If you feel that you are neglecting other important aspects in your life, it will make you feel stressed and unhappy. You might be earning enough to support your family or yourself, but are you really happy spending most of your time working? Here are some of the ways you could pursue a balanced life:

  • Work smarter

There’s nothing wrong about working hard, but working too much might not be healthy for you. If you’re supposed to work for 8 hours a day only, then finish your job for the day on or before that 8 hours is up. You will be able to finish your work on time if you work smart. Do not waste time on unimportant things during your 8 hour shift. Learn to strategize, finish difficult tasks first before you work on the lighter load.

  • Learn to say no

If your boss requests something from you outside of your work schedule, you can always say no. I understand that it’s hard to do especially if you’re aiming for a promotion and you ‘d like to impress your boss, but making yourself available to your boss 24/7 will make them abusive. They will get used to the fact that they can rely on you whenever, wherever. It is not a bad thing to let your boss know that you have commitment outside work that you need to attend to and you can’t satisfy their request. They will understand that.

  • Refrain from checking your email

When it is your day off, refrain from checking your email or work related messages. You don’t need to talk to your co-worker about work when you are not in the office. You can ignore emails that are sent on a Sunday because they can’t expect you to respond to that while you’re having lunch outside with your family.

  • Forget about perfection

Always remember that nothing in this world is perfect. Do not overwork just to achieve perfection. When you know you have done your job right, that’s it, you stop at that. Do not spend any more time perfecting a task that has been done right.

  • Exercise and meditate

This will help you relieve stress from your body. Exercise is not just essential for your physical health but to your mental health too. It refreshes your outlook in life and clears your head. Take time to meditate too to reflect on the things that are going on in your life. When you meditate, you’ll think about your priorities in life and which includes making time for yourself and your family.

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Why Setting of Goals is Important

A goal is like a roadmap that guides you to where you are going which is often times – success. It is a plan of what you want to do and what you want to be in the future. You set your goal and you work hard to achieve it.  Every successful person follows a goal in their lives. I understand that it’s already a cliché to hear how important setting of goals is but understanding what a goal is and how you can set one for yourself is truly important in achieving your dreams in life. You might’ve already tried setting goals but did not succeed and you might think that setting another one is useless and wouldn’t help you achieve anything. Well, here are some of the reasons why setting a goal is still important:

  1. It keeps you focused

If you have set a goal for yourself, you know exactly what you are trying to achieve. You don’t waste time figuring how and where to start. A goal keeps you focused on where you are going, it leads you to the right path.  You are not going to question your next steps because you know exactly what to do next.

  1. Goals turn your dream into reality

Proper setting of goals could lead to achievement of one’s dream. You may feel like you are aiming for a star, if you will actually take one step at a time and follow specific goals you set in achieving your dream, you will realize that your star is within reach. Set short term goals first so that it will be easier for you to create plans for your future.

  1. It helps you figure out what you want in life

Sometimes we set goals that don’t really give what we want. Setting goals help you identify what you truly want to happen in your life. If you don’t have goals, you’ll be stuck on that same circle you are running around trying to figure out what you really want

  1. Goals make you feel more motivated

Having figured out what you want to do, it gives you more energy to work hard to do it. When you anticipate something good to happen, you will be more inspired to pursue it. It makes you realize your purpose and you use that as your aspiration.

  1. You can measure your progress

If you have written goals, it is easier for you to keep track of your progress. You will easily see if a goal is met or not. It makes it easier for you to think of different ways of achieving certain goals. Setting of goals makes you see how near or far you are in achieving your dream.