Make balance a priority!
If it seems like your daily busyness is leaving little time for you, maybe it's time to put balance at the top of your list from now on.
It's common for people to attempt to pull off a fairly heroic array of accomplishments each day. But when unexpected duties or events complicate your already lengthy to-do list, it's easy to feel like you managed only to wear yourself out by day's end.
Fortunately, there are some basic steps you can take to get your work and life in better balance. One way to attain better balance is to stop and consider each of your activities during a typical day - and honestly assess if they're valuable or not. Identifying your priorities in life can help you separate the necessary from the expendable.
Protect your valuable time by setting limits
Thoughtfully establishing boundaries around yourself can help you preserve more personal and family time.
Identify your priorities. Think about the things that are most important to you. Consider writing down your priorities list and posting it where you'll regularly see it. Avoid activities that don't fit.
Don't over-commit. Sometimes it's necessary to decline requests in order to maintain your balance. It's fine to say "no" in a thoughtful and gracious way. An example: "I'd like to help, but given my current commitments, I don't think I could give it 100 percent."
Ask if it can wait. Supervisors and customers often request work products "yesterday." However, when appropriate, tactfully asking if you can turn it in tomorrow may help you head for home at a more reasonable hour.
Establish off-limits periods. Try setting a certain block of hours each evening or on weekends during which you won't answer texts, emails or phone calls. Be fully present with your partner and/or family.
Take the first step in reaching out for help. Log on to www.MagellanHealth.com/member or call your program's toll-free number to get the information, help and support you need.
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