How do they do it? You know, those people, the ones who seem to have it all figured out...Work hard, play hard, with a permanent look of ‘breezy’. The secret? They don’t. No-one does. The differentiators are skills and attitude. And the great news is that one can feed the other. By giving yourself the life hacks to cope with stress and perspective on priorities, by squeezing every drop of your one thousand, four hundred and forty four daily minutes, you will be equipped with the attitude to cope with your 360 life.
So how do you achieve the rare jewel, the work-life balance? It’s not a ‘one size fits all’, there’s no blanket approach as that concept means different things to different people and can vary widely depending on generation and culture.
Did you know that there is an organisation that benchmarks work-life balance around the world?? No, we didn’t either! The OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) works with countries to promote economic growth, it has 34 member countries and 70 non-member countries, they gather data which garners opinions in more than 134 countries. According to the OECD, it’s great work-life balance news if you live in the Netherlands (only 0.5 percent of employees work long hours) and bad news if you live in Turkey, where 34 percent of the population work long hours!
Regardless of where you live, there are tips to help you manage your precious time:
- Make ‘Me Time’
If there is one relationship in your life that is really important, it’s the one you have with yourself. ‘Studies have shown that having more me time has benefits such as increasing productivity, happiness, gratitude and empathy. It doesn’t matter what you do, as long as you’re doing it alone’. (herowlrd.com).
It doesn’t always come naturally, there may be people who feel uncomfortable with just their own company, so it may be something you just have to practice, but you will reap the benefits and find it quite emancipating to not feel at peace with being alone.
- Live a Life Less Ordinary
We’re not telling you to go to the airport and ask for the next plane to anywhere, although, feel free to do that if you can and want to ;) No, this is about escaping the routine. That groundhog day feeling gets to everyone, so try to mix it up and break it with interjections. Take up a new hobby, go some place you’ve never been, do something outside of your comfort zone, like an open mic night. ‘A change is as good as a rest’ is a phrase that stands the test of time for a reason!
- Screen your screen-time
Ok, a little ironic, no doubt you are reading this on a screen, but get off! No, not yet.. please read to the end first. Thanks!
There’s no getting past it, screen-time impacts our everyday lives. The caution isn’t just about how many hours altogether we spend during a day staring at screens, but also how often. That’s the thing about habits, we get so good at them, we don’t notice we are doing them. How many times are you sat with a friend that is distracted by their phone and they don’t even realise they aren’t giving you their concentration?
According to rescuetime.com and The Screen Time Stats Report the top 20% of smartphone users spend more than 4.5 hours a day on their phone. Further to this, most people check their phone on average 58 times per day.
So what are our practical tips to keep screen-time habits in check?
√ Turn off notifications
√ Don’t keep your phone by the bed
√ Do not eat with a phone in one hand
- Make Relaxation a Priority, not an Afterthought
‘We can live in a world that we design’ doesn’t have to just be mind worm lyrics from The Greatest Showman soundtrack. It can be a reality!
Design your life so that you make REAL time for relaxation, and we’re not talking five minutes on a mindfulness app, relaxation isn’t something you squeeze into the bits of life when you’re not doing something else. Really relax! Go to the beach, ride a bike, pick up a copy of that book you’ve been meaning to devour for ages, try meditation, it transcends all walks of life and can give you tools to feel less stressed in all parts of yours.
- Mens Sana in Corpore Sano
The Latin phrase, translated it means ‘a healthy mind in a healthy body’ and is widely used in sports and psychology to link wellbeing of the body to wellbeing of the mind. Eating right helps nourish the body, but it can be difficult to juggle an active lifestyle and eat properly too and who wants to spend their days off in the kitchen??
This is where food hacks like Mr Lee’s Noodles can be a perfect store cupboard staple. The award-winning meals comprise of authentic flavours and contain real food and no nasties, whether you are on the go or just noodle and chilling on the sofa, nutritious, gourmet and filling food that just needs hot water to be ready in minutes is an attractive prospect, giving your more ‘you’ time. No stress if you have specific dietary requirements either, the whole range of six lip-tingling flavours are gluten free and there are two delicious (certified) vegan options available.
Now is the time, put these tips in play and it’s your turn to be the breezy one! Go nourish your life and feast on every moment. Use life hacks like Mr Lee’s to make the most of your minutes.
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