FAMILY, CAREER, LEISURE TIME – ACHIEVING A WORK-LIFE BALANCE
How can you manage to tackle the demands of career and family, leisure and daily life in equal measure? Here are some tips to keep a balance in all areas of your life.
Work-life balance – what is it exactly? We asked our expert, Brigitte Pajonik, five questions
1st question: Does a balanced life actually exist?
Answer: Of course. We can achieve this balance in four areas of our life: relationships, career, health and future issues. It is important to define goals and desires in each area – this helps to organise your thoughts.
2nd question:Do all four areas have to be in balance?
Answer: No. You are the only one who determines what percentage of your energy is allocated to any one area. Compare these desires with your current situation. If they do not match, then change something.
3rd question: So, the ratio has to be right for me, then?
Answer: Exactly. It does not have to be perfect in every area but you must be comfortable and happy with the way you have allocated your time. Making the decision yourself is the most important thing.
4th question: How do I free myself from the burden of wanting to give 100% to everything?
Answer: With composure! Ask yourself: If I do not do something perfectly, will the world come to an end? Probably not
5th question: Are there any other specific tips for everyday life?
Answer: Draw up a daily plan – accomplishing tasks will lift your mood. And if you need some time out from carrying out your tasks, sit yourself down comfortably, listen to your breathing and take a little time for yourself.
MORE BALANCE WITH MORE VARIETY
Do you love your job and always give it your all? That’s good, because you are getting closer to your goals. But it is also important to think about making the most of your leisure time. This is important for achieving the right work-life balance.
DON’T FORGET YOURSELF: TAKE LITTLE MOMENTS OUT FROM THE ROUTINE
TIME TOGETHER – TIME FOR LOVE
Keep one day a week that belongs to just the two of you – and regularly set time aside on the weekend for a romantic date.
JOB, FAMILY, ROUTINE – AND WHERE DO I FIT IN?
Lots of women know this problem: Straight out of education into a career, perhaps a wedding and then along comes the children. Before you know it, every day is planned out and every minute accounted for.
Just one thing is missing: Time for yourself. To find the necessary work life balance, you need to break from your schedule and do things that make you really happy again.
It is much easier than it sounds:Treat yourself to a babysitter once a week and meet your friends for a coffee – chat, eat cake and you’ll be relaxed in no time. Need a bit more time? Pack your bag and disappear for a spa weekend or a trip up the coast. Use the peace to collect your thoughts and to recharge.
YOUR VERY OWN MOMENTS OF HAPPINESS
Set small goals: treat yourself to a smile every day
Keeping a balance also means being in harmony with yourself. Our tip: stand in front of the mirror every day and laugh! Laughter releases happiness hormones and lifts your mood – and allows you to encounter your inner self in a happy frame of mind.
Don’t just dream of dreams!
Fulfilling a long-standing wish can be very significant for your inner balance. Because dreams are more easily realised than you think! Love art and have always wanted to take up painting? Then plan to visit an exhibition or museum once a month in your leisure time. Having your own easel will help you realise your dream at home. Or perhaps you love make-up? Having a small dressing table in the bedroom does not take up much room.
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