If 2020 taught us anything, it’s the importance of spending quality time doing the things we love. With more business professionals working from home than ever before, the unprecedented year gave people time to reflect on what a good work-life balance looks like.
Many Americans realized the beauty of having more control over their day and being more present in the moment. With this in mind, we break down some life hacks to do more of what you love in 2021.
Life hack #1: Leave the toxic hustle culture behind
Optimizing every aspect of life with various productivity hacks, such as inbox zero, have come with a cost. For one, this obsession with cramming more into the day has led to a wide scale burnout. In fact, the World Health Organization now recognizes burnout as an occupational disease. In pre-pandemic times, social scientists had also warned that modern workers were becoming worker-smartphone hybrids—always online, always available.
While working on something you’re passionate about can be good, it shouldn’t come at the expense of your wellbeing.
Make 2021 the year you focus on the “life” in work-life balance. Healthy strategies can include creating boundaries between work and personal life, such as not checking your work email outside of business hours, and prioritizing things that fill your cup.
Life hack #2: Schedule “you time”
Finding time to focus on self-care can be hard, especially if you’re a parent. However, not setting this time aside for yourself can lead to fatigue or burnout. Putting set time aside for yourself can help you be the happiest, healthiest version of yourself.
It could be as simple as setting aside 15 minutes in the morning for a quiet morning coffee or a home yoga session after work. Treat this time to yourself with the same weight as you would others.
Life hack #3: Reduce your screen time
According to a 2020 Nielsen Total Audience Report, Americans spend just under 12 hours consuming media each day. That’s a lot of time in front of a screen.
Screen time can negatively impact your:
- Vision. Too much screen time can strain your eyes, causing dry eyes, blurred vision, and headaches. Looking down at a cell phone or computer can also lead to neck and shoulder pain.
- Mental health. Increased screen time can have negative outcomes for mental health, such as lowered self-esteem.
- Sleep. Digital devices emit a blue light, which can suppress melatonin, impacting the length or quality of sleep.
- Physical health. Leading a more sedentary lifestyle can increase the risk of obesity and other diseases.
You can balance your time in front of a screen with activities such as reading, going for a walk, cooking, or exercise. You may find that spending less time on your phone helps you win back time in your day for the stuff you love!
Life hack #4: Practice mindfulness
Being present and mindful can look different for everyone. It could be enjoying family time, reading a book, relishing in nature, observing your surroundings, or enjoying a hobby distraction-free.
Being mindful and in-the-moment can help boost your mood, decrease feelings of anxiety and depression and help you focus.
Whether it’s work or downtime, being deliberate and present can help you do one thing well, instead of trying to do both at once.
Life hack #5: Automate anything that makes life easier
Automating time-consuming tasks can give people more time and mental energy to do what makes them happy.
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