Category: Life

Work Life Balance So You Can Stay Sane!

Oh man, can I just tell you this is a HUGE work in progress for me! It took me a couple years into my first career to realize that I could leave at 5pm, which equals a 8 hour day! I still struggle with not checking emails from my phone at night or on the weekends. It has been a lot easier to leave the office now that I have my daughter. Mostly because I have to pick her up from daycare.

Change the way your phone works.

Turn off notifications on your emails this way you have control on when you check your emails, you won’t get that ding or that annoying notification number on your home screen. Move the email app to another folder not on your home screen. This combined with turning off my notifications has helped me tremendously. You have to make a conscious effort to swipe to the next screen click into your work folder and check your email instead of work constantly being in your face.

Set a schedule

If you are salary and STICK TO IT. This can be extremely difficult if you are salary or own your own business. Set your schedule and stick to it, make sure that your staff know that you do not work after a certain time. If you need to be on call in case of emergencies ensure that everyone is clear on what constitutes an emergency.

Know your worth

Know that it will be okay if you leave on time, your job will be safe. Have confidence in your staff that they will be fine without you, but so be confident in yourself. If your boss is requiring your to constantly work past normal hours rethink if that job is for you. I understand that not every career allows for the 9-5, sometimes you need to work later but if you are supposed to work 9-5 and consistently are overworking yourself you ned to step back and figure out if it is a good use of your time. Are you getting more done working more hours or are you stressing yourself out?

Have hobbies outside of work

This will allow you to take your mind off of work. Start a blog, join a gym, start a garden, do something other than think about work on your off time! Sometimes you need to take a break and recharge to do a better job.

Separate your social media from work

If your job is like mine you need to be on social media for your job, it sucks that you have to link your personal Facebook with your works page but you can set up pages so that way you can check your work social media during office hours. Put that app in your work folder you have created.

I would love to hear what you have done to help keep your work life balance.



Kick Pop(Soda) to the Curb!!

Stir together lime juice and agave nectar-add to a blender, along with pineapplejuice, pineapple, triple sec, tequila,and ice. Blend until frothy.Okay let’s start off right now, whether you call it pop, soda, or coke it’s not good for you! I say that as someone who would have 3 or 4 pops a day…. okay probably like 5 or 6 😉 Kicking the addiction… and it is an addition… is not easy. I can’t even count how many times I have tried to stop but I finally did it!
Now there are a couple ways you can do this. I have tried them all and here is what worked for me and what didn’t!

Quit Cold Turkey

This one pretty much sucks at first! The first day you might be thinking to your self hey! This is a piece of cake! But then the next day you get hit with a pounding migraine and the next day and the next which is what used to happen to me all the time. But if you can hold out for just a couple days and drink TONs of water I promise it gets better!! The headaches go away and eventually you don’t miss soda!

Replace the temptation

Switch out your favorite soda for something more healthy! Whether it is tea, flavored and/sparkling water, or juice. Something to replace the soda with so now you have the flavor that water lacks. This can help you not miss soda as much. Yes I moved to Missouri so pop and soda are now interchangeable for me! Sorry!!! I did find this way helpful especially having a go to when eating out at fast food chains or other places where pop is the number one drink of choice. That is always the temptation for me going up with my cup trying to decide and fight the urge to just get the Dr. Pepper! Thankfully we really do not go out to eat a lot, but if you are someone who does try asking for a tea instead!

Slowly cut back

This never worked for me to be honest. To do this all you have to do is exactly what the title says, slowly cut back. If you normally have 2 sodas at lunch cut that down to just two and replace the other with water. Doing this will help the transition as well because eventually you will completely take out the soda from your diet and all the will remain is water.
Once you have eliminated pop from your diet you might be craving it but wait it out!! I can’t say that enough wait it out!! Your cravings will subside and you won’t even miss it! I promise! The say it takes 21 days for something to become a habit! I got to a point where pop just did not taste good to me at all. I relapsed at one point and wanted a soda for dinner, took a sip, and told myself NOPE! It just didn’t taste good, it tasted nasty, sugary, and syrupy!