If you integrate these things into your everyday life, you will have more free time and less stress!
Eight hours of work, plus outward and return journeys, then still standing in traffic jams or waiting for late trains – quite a few people devote hours and hours to their job, with private life often falling by the wayside. What’s left of the 24 hours of the day is used for unsightly stuff like cooking, cleaning, shopping and washing. And people still need sleep . Where is the fun, time for friends and hobbies?
In order to be happy, content and relaxed, we need to strive for a good work-life balance. After all, we work to live and not the other way around. We should do more with our free time than just throwing ourselves exhausted in front of the television in the evening.
Therefore, there are now 10 tips on how to make your job less stressful and life a little nicer:
1. To-do lists
Eight hours of work can be damn long when it’s pure chaos and you’re just stressed.
Tip: In the morning or the evening before, create a to-do list with all the tasks that need to be completed. Sort them by importance and check off what’s done. This structure means you don’t forget anything and it’s easier for you to think clearly. Also try to be distracted by e-mails, mobile phones, etc. as little as possible.
2. Set priorities
The list of tasks is long and there is always something new to do. It’s just not possible!
Tip: Set priorities. If you are unsure, ask your manager for a clear statement. He or she can best tell you which tasks are most important and should be done today, and which can wait. It takes the pressure and stress off.
3. Distribution of work
Even lists and priorities sometimes can’t prevent work from getting overwhelming. Only one thing helps here: redistribute!
Tip: Asking colleagues for help or asking your boss to share the work with others is not a crime. If you find it’s getting to be too much, don’t hesitate and split the work up. This is the only way you can concentrate on the essentials and avoid mistakes.
4. Take breaks
Regardless of whether the day is calm or rather stressful, breaks should always be taken. This includes the longer lunch break, but also short breaks in between.
Tip: To clear your head, you should go out into the fresh air during your lunch break and get some exercise. The spatial distance to the desk works wonders.
5. No “homework”
You may be sitting on the sofa at home, but you still think about work all the time. Do you know that? It shouldn’t be like that. Even if it’s sometimes difficult: As soon as the office door slams behind you, you should banish all thoughts of work to the farthest corner of your brain.
Tip: Control your thoughts and think of something nice. Thoughts that make you feel good are the best ways to unwind after work. If thoughts of work still come to the fore, jot them down and then direct your thoughts to something else.
6. Pre-plan housework
Everything has just been tidied up and cleaned, everything is dirty again and then you have to take care of the food. Housework is a never-ending vicious circle that we could devote ourselves to every day. But we shouldn’t, because it affects the quality of our leisure time.
Tip: A precise plan will help here. At the beginning of the week, sit down and think about what needs to be done. You distribute the tasks throughout the week. Try to bundle as much as possible. Anyone who writes a shopping list and plans meals does not have to go to the supermarket every day, but can only go twice a week and get everything. In the same way, you can cook for two days in one evening , so that every second evening is free of cooking.
7. Split duties
In addition to work, there is always a bunch of private duties that need to be taken care of. Doctor’s appointments, e-mails, signing or terminating contracts, writing tax returns – nobody enjoys doing that, but postponing these duties doesn’t mean they’re gone.
Tip: These things should also be planned. Decide for yourself whether you take an evening off to do everything at once or whether you prefer to do a small part step-by-step and have the rest of the evening free.
8. Scheduling appointments
After a long day at work, many are often too tired to meet up with friends. Understandable, but informal get-togethers in particular contribute to the quality of life and put you in a good mood. You should attend such evenings regularly.
Tip: Plan short meetings if you’re short on time. A coffee, wine, or cocktail after work doesn’t have to last until late, nor does a quick dinner. No one is angry when it’s over at nine or ten o’clock and everyone is on their way home.
9. Plan time-outs in a targeted manner
Taking a long bath, reading a book, or visiting the beautician: these are all things that we would like to do for ourselves but somehow never have time for.
Tip: Such breaks from everyday life are extremely important for well-being. Make an appointment and schedule the time if you don’t get around otherwise.
10. Don’t plan weekends
Finally weekend – two days off! That’s great, but by no means a reason to fill these two days to the brim with appointments, appointments and commitments. Make sure you keep appointments and appointments during the week so that the end of the week helps you relax.
Tip: Don’t plan every minute of the weekend. A bit of lounging on the sofa, sleeping in and doing nothing should definitely be in the plan.