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How to Find the Right Work-Life Balance in a Busy World

 

 

How is your work-life balance? Many full-time workers say they strongly believe they do not

have a good balance between work and life. So if you are feeling the weight of work and longing

for more self-care time, you aren’t alone.

 

People work more hours to make ends meet than ever before. Then calendars fill with family

and social obligations in what little time they have away from their desks. So how can anyone

find work-life balance in a busy world?

 

The key is making the most out of the time that you have. Here are three ways you can achieve

a better balance in your busy schedule.

 

Increase Exercise to Reduce Stress

 

Increasing how much exercise you get can help you feel like you have a better work-life balance

without actually reducing your hours away from work. That’s because exercise can help to

reduce your stress levels. It’s an outlet for negative energy and releases endorphins into your

body, which boost your mood.

 

You may not have time for the gym, but there are some simple ways to increase your amount of

exercise throughout your day. Try parking farther from your work entrance or commit to taking

the stairs instead of the elevator. Even planning a walk after dinner is a great way to get in more

exercise. Consider inviting the family along and make it a group activity. 

When your schedule is full, it’s easy to lose track of how much exercise you’re really getting. To

keep tabs on your physical activity, consider buying a fitness tracker or smartwatch. These

devices can track steps, monitor your heart rate, and track your sleep, which gives you insight

into how much rest you are getting (and how to improve).  

 

Practice Mindfulness

 

Mindfulness is another great way to get more out of your off-work hours. Psychology Today

explains mindfulness is an important tool for self-introspection, encouraging better emotional

awareness and coping skills.

 

There are a lot of different ways to practice mindfulness. Meditation apps are a great place to

start. Many of them are free and will guide you through a meditation session in the time you

have, whether that’s five minutes or a full hour.

 

If sitting still and focusing doesn’t sound like an appealing option, look for other mindfulness-

oriented apps. Adult coloring apps, for instance, are great for mindfulness. They allow you to

focus on the task and stay in the present without worrying about the past or future.

 

If you’re going to be meditating at home, realize that a cluttered, dimly lit space is more likely to

make you anxious and less focused. For a more optimal meditation experience, remove unused

items from your home and let in fresh air and natural light.

 

Build Up Your Reading Time With an eReader

 

Spending time reading can help reduce stress. What you read could end up benefiting you in

other ways, too. Fiction can be an escape from the real world, giving you an opportunity to get

away from it all without actually going anywhere. Self-help books, on the other hand, can lead to

improvements both on-the-job and at home, too.

 

If you want to boost your reading time, consider picking up an eReader. Those who use an

eReader read on average 24 books per year, compared to 15 books per year for those who

prefer the paper version. Amazon’s range of Kindle eReaders offers many affordable options,

depending on your needs. You can also download the free Kindle app to your tablet and

smartphone and buy Kindle books through there.

 

Sometimes getting more time away from work isn’t a possibility, but making the most of the time

that you do have can be the answer to achieving that all-important work-life balance. Doing

 

things like exercising, practicing mindfulness, and reading will make the most out of your time

away from your desk. Put the technology you have around you to work at making the most of

every moment.

 

 

By Julie Morris

http://juliemorris.org/

 

 

Here are some good tips how to create a Professional CV 

 

 

 

Your CV should include the following:

  • Contact information. Include your full name, address, phone number and email address.

  • Academic history. List all schooling from high school through postdoctoral (if applicable). Include the title of the degree you earned, the year you graduated and the name of the school.

  • Professional experience. Include the organization where you worked, the job title, the dates you were employed and a summary of your experience and achievements.

  • Qualifications and skills. List a combination of hard and soft skills you’ve developed throughout your career.

  • Awards and honors. For each award, add the name, year received, the organization that gave you the award and any pertinent details (such as how often it’s presented).

  • Publications and presentations. For publications, provide a full citation including your co-authors, date, summary, volume, page, DOI number. For presentations, provide the title, date and venue where you presented.

  • Professional associations. List the organization’s name, location or chapter and the dates of active membership.

  • Grants and scholarships. Provide the name of the grant or scholarship, date awarded and the institution that provided the award.

  • Licenses and certifications. Include the name of the license or certificate, the date you earned it and the institution that awarded it.