Time to get back into the routine after the holidays! Well, how quickly did April go and how much fun was it to have the extended holiday with Easter and Anzac Day holidays? Hope you all managed to have some time off and enjoy with family and friends.
Above all, we love having holidays but how many of us balance our holidays with our work life? Are we just so exhausted by the time it comes to us having a holiday that we cant really enjoy them? Has the exhaustion and fatigue has hit us hard!
Work Life Balance
How do we get the balance better between work and lifestyle and staying on track? A work life balance requires us to create habits to get there. Once the decision has been made to do this, it’s time to develop the habits and routine to be successful in creating what we need.
In his book Atomic Habits, James Clear talks about building good habits that are sustainable. Make the habits simple, small bite sized steps to make them achievable and permanent. James promotes small habits by emphasising how they make a difference. That is to say, if you can improve by 1% each day for a whole year, you will end up 37% better by the time you finish (1.01³⁶⁵ = 37.78). Conversely, if you get worse by 1% each day you will decline and almost reach 0% (0.99³⁶⁵ = 00.03)
James states that habits are the compound interest of self improvement! Instead he encourages you to instead thinking about goals think about systems. Your goals set the direction and the systems allow you to make progress to of get to your goals.
Time to Commit?
Therefore, when you start thinking about getting a work life balance. In other words, start planning holidays regularly, then consider starting with small steps such as marking dates in your calendar. Have discussions with your Manager on available dates. Decide what you will do on your holiday, and how much money you need to save to enjoy your holiday. Therefore, pursue this process until you have holiday dates and leave approved, now it’s time to plan the holiday.
The same process applies when you return to get back into your routine after your holidays! Going to work, taking the kids to school, planning meals and social events, you need to develop those habits that then become routine as you have a system in place.
In conclusion, whether you need to get some discipline around developing habits to get a work life balance or you want to be more successful in any area of your personal or professional life here are some rules from James that can set you on your path to be successful.
10 rules to create success by James:.
1,Build good habits – remember the law of attraction!
2. Put in the reps – you have to do the work to reap the rewards
3. Challenge yourself – its no good making it too easy, you wont appreciate it!
4. Exercise and read – the body is designed to be moved and read, is knowledge that is power!
5. Have a plan – you must know what you want, otherwise you will be going off on tangents!
6. Get rid of bad habits – the waste your time and energy!
7. Develop expertise – become the expert in your field
8. Change your environment – make it positive, productive and happy
9. Change your identity – focus on a role model that aligns with your beliefs, develop habits to reinforce the qualities you want, the results will just happen!
10. Be systems orientated – it’s the system that will drive results.
Now we have the rules to set up new habits, let’s get back into the routine after the holidays. Timely just to consider our mental and physical wellbeing after the holidays!
Refreshed or exhausted?
Above all, this is the time to reflect! Time to plan and maintain or improve our mental, emotional and physical health by considering the 5 key tips to help build your daily routine.
5 Key Tips For Your Daily Routine
1. Make sure you drink plenty of clean, filtered water and change the water filter on your tap regularly.
2. Commit to regular exercise. Place reminders for yourself in your phone or calendar for the days you will be exercising and the type of exercise you will be doing.
3. Eat clean, non processed foods. Cut out sugars!
4. Keep a daily journal of all the changes you make over the next 21 days. Record how your behaviours, mindset and health have changed or improved, no matter how small or large.
5. Practice gratitude for 10 minutes every day.