When I first graduated, I had just a regular job that was okay. The best part was when I came home and that was it. I could just relax, socialise and spend time with friends and family. Now that I part time freelance and part time work in a shop I found that increasingly more difficult to do so. A month or so ago I became so drained with no energy and had no time to do anything other than just work. Now I’ve managed to balance my work and socialising better and I feel so much better than I did a month ago. Having a better work- life balance has become very important to me.

When I first started working from home I found myself just sat at my laptop for hours on end not really getting much done and stressing thinking about everything I needed to do. The stress and worry of the amount of things I needed to do was making me less productive meaning I would have more to worry about and the cycle would just repeat over and over again.

Something I’d wanted to do for so long and I thought would make me so happy was making me miserable. When I started giving myself more time to myself or to spend with friends and family I found that I was not only happier but so much more productive in the hours I gave myself to work.

Here are just some things I did to improve my work-life balance.

Work Smarter

I read in an article to work smarter and work productively. You need to prioritise the most important tasks you need to get done in the day and give yourself a certain amount of time to get it done in. By doing this you are more likely to be productive and get the most you can get done in a shorter amount of time. I use a daily planner to help schedule my day hour by hour of what needs to be done as well as write a to do list for the day.

Another way I’ve been more productive is by becoming a morning person¬†too. I love getting all my work out the way in the morning so I have the evening to myself.

Set aside time for you

Give yourself some time to do the things you love. Whether that’s a hobby you have or seeing family or friends. Whatever makes you happy. Make sure you have time to not think about work and just do the things you enjoy.

Unplug

Turn of your phone, get off your emails whatever you need to do to get yourself away from work. If I’m having a day off I stay well away from my emails. They can all wait a day. Make sure you have some time where you can’t be sucked back in by work.

Here are just so things I do to achieve a better work- life balance and I feel so much happier for it.

It can be hard if you have a demanding career but it will be worth it once you have it sorted.

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So I’m terrible for procrastination. Very rarely do I have blog posts wrote before they go up and when I was at Uni I would always be the one doing an all nighter the night before an assignment was due in. Every. Single. Time.

This isn’t because I start these things last minute. I don’t really. I just get distracted by all the things around me. Not going to lie. It is normally either twitter instagram or Youtube. But recently I’ve been more organised and prepared. I have post scheduled to go and ideas ready to be used. Which is all really new to me.

So I thought I would share with you some of the things I’ve been doing to try to stop procrastinating.

Laptop and Daily Journal

50/10 rule

So the 50/10 rules is when you spend 50 minutes doing the tasks you need to get done and then 10 minutes having a break and repeat. I find this so useful as otherwise I get very distracted very quickly. By doing this it helps me to stay focused for the 50 minutes as I then know I’ll have the 10 minutes to catch up and look at things like social media.

Breaking goals down into smaller goals and set deadlines

When I don’t have a deadline for my goals, I find that I just keep putting them off and they never get done. I’ve found now that when I take a goal and make them into lots of smaller goals it is much easier. To make this even better I have a planner where I put in what I want to get done at certain times of the day which allows me to keep on track with what I want to get done for the day.

I got my planner from Urban Outfitters.

Page in Daily Journal

Remind yourself why the task is important

Whether its your blog or assignments for school or University or maybe even revision for an exam. It’s important to remember why it’s important to you. That should hopefully give you the bit of motivation you need to get started.

So these are some of the things I try do to stop procrastinating and stay motivated.