The Best Work-Life Balance Hacks From Across the Internet

If you have a worn copy of James Clear’s Atomic Habits on your bookshelf and a Google search history filled with terms like “how to wake up earlier,” then you’ve probably spent a lot of time in search of ways to improve your life. 

If you have a worn copy of James Clear’s Atomic Habits on your bookshelf and a Google search history filled with terms like “how to wake up earlier,” then you’ve probably spent a lot of time in search of ways to improve your life. 

1. Create a Better Morning Routine

It makes sense that to change your day you’d need to start at the beginning: your morning. 

Tim Ferriss, an entrepreneur, author, and expert on all things productivity, has simple steps for improving your morning routine:

  • Put your phone on airplane mode before going to sleep. This will allow your body to wake up in its own way, rather than with a barrage of notifications and immediate screen time
  • Make your bed. Accomplishing one thing a the beginning of the day sets you up for success, no matter what else happens
  • Do some type of movement, whether it’s 10 pushups or a yoga move 
  • Journal: Ferriss recommends the five-minute journal or morning pages  
  • Meditate using an app or self-guided practice. This trains you for “less emotional reactivity” and helps you handle frustrating moments that might come up during the day 

You know what they say about getting up on the right side of the bed — it can really make all the difference. 

It makes sense that to change your day you’d need to start at the beginning: your morning. 

Tim Ferriss, an entrepreneur, author, and expert on all things productivity, has simple steps for improving your morning routine:

  • Put your phone on airplane mode before going to sleep. This will allow your body to wake up in its own way, rather than with a barrage of notifications and immediate screen time
  • Make your bed. Accomplishing one thing a the beginning of the day sets you up for success, no matter what else happens
  • Do some type of movement, whether it’s 10 pushups or a yoga move 
  • Journal: Ferriss recommends the five-minute journal or morning pages  
  • Meditate using an app or self-guided practice. This trains you for “less emotional reactivity” and helps you handle frustrating moments that might come up during the day 

2. Conduct a Quarterly Self Check-In

If you’ve been on Twitter in the past year, you’ve likely seen a post from Sahil Bloom. 

And that’s because he has a near-constant stream of ideas when it comes to improving your work and life. 

One technique he suggests is conducting a quarterly self check-in. The process is broken down into three steps: reflectassess, and adjust. 

  • Reflect: Review your calendar to understand which tasks created energy and which tasks drained it. The goal is to focus on more of what fulfills you
  • Assess: Ask yourself what your biggest long-term goal is and whether or not your actions and processes are aligning with that goal 
  • Adjust: Aim to make more time for energy-creating activities that are aligned with your big goals and reduce anything that stands in the way of your progress 

Bloom says the process takes about 60 minutes and that it’s most helpful to write it out in pen and paper. 

3. Manage Your Time Wisely

It’s hard to talk about work-life balance without talking about time itself. After all, it’s the constraints of the days, weeks, and months that leaves us striving for stability. 

Luckily, James Clear has three tips for managing our time more effectively:

Eliminate half-work: Clear calls the division of your time and energy (think: answering a barrage of emails and texts while trying to get a work assignment done) half-work. He recommends devoting time to singular tasks, and removing all other distractions, in order to be fully present in your work and thus more productive. 

Do the most important thing first: You’re more likely to make good decisions in the beginning of the day, says Clear. Doing the most important thing on your list first improves the odds that it will get done and helps you accomplish one important thing each day as a result. 

Reduce the scope: We often find that when we have a long-term goal in mind, our daily schedules can get in the way of our progress. Clear says that you should prioritize the schedule over the scope. This means if your goal is to do one hour of yoga each day, but work goes late and you only have 20 minutes — do the 20-minute workout. Lessening the scope is fine as long as you prioritize sticking to the schedule, which in this case entails doing yoga every day.

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