10 Ways to Work to Live

We all want to work to live rather than live to work, but how do we do that holistically? In addition to the 40 plus hour work week, we have families, pets, friends, housekeeping duties, cooking – I could go on for hours. So how can you ensure you are taking care of your own wellness while juggling all of these things we refer to as LIFE?

1. Plan time in every day for yourself – We plan meetings, doctor’s appointments, and vacations so why not plan a block of time in the day for yourself. If you are the type of person who loves to check off lists, just think of how good it would feel to check off another “task”. You could plan 15 minutes of time to meditate or maybe 30 minutes to get on that bike that is currently being used as a clothing rack in your spare bedroom. Treat it like an urgent appointment and hold yourself accountable for making sure you don’t cancel on yourself.

2. Meal prep – This one takes some practice and minimal cooking skills, especially if you own an Instant Pot or Crockpot. For example, if your schedule allows you to be off from work on Saturdays and Sundays, take one of those mornings or afternoons and plan out your meals for the week. Short on time, use services such as Instacart or Amazon to have your groceries delivered to you right in time to start cooking. For an even easier prep, order from a fresh meal kit company such as Plated or Sun Basket. Not only will you save time during the week, you may even develop a real passion for cooking and in my case, I find it a way to relax!

3. Take a walk – Try to take at least a 15 minute walk every day. It is a great way to recharge during the workday as well as a way to get all of those steps in so you can keep your Fitbit happy with you.

4. Sleep without distractions – Turn off your cellphone and tv. Your text messages and Facebook likes on that cute puppy pic can wait until tomorrow.

5. Cuddle or play with your pets – This may not work if you don’t like animals or if you have a fish, but if you have animals in your home, take some time and spend it with them. Snuggling on the couch with my two pugs and kitten is one of my favorite personal stress relievers. Plus, on a cold snowy night, they help keep you warm.

6. Drink hot tea, hot chocolate or hot water with lemon - There is something comforting about hot beverages so boil up some water and add in your favorite flavor. I personally like Aveda’s comforting tea!

7. Talk to a good friend that you haven’t spoken to in a while – No matter how much time has passed, it feels great to reconnect with a friend. What I find interesting is that with good friends, once I’m talking to them, it feels like we just talked yesterday even if it was a year ago. For more fun, go to brunch, a fun sporting event, wine tasking or simply share some photos.

8. Find a hobby – Do you love going to your Saturday morning spin class? Sign up to train to be an instructor. Do your friends say that you make the coolest crafts? Make a little money and sell them on Etsy. Basically, find time to do something you love. Every. Single. Day.

9. Don’t sweat the small stuff – We have all heard this before, but it is important to remember. Life is short, we only get one so let go of negative energy, negative people and any resentment you may be harboring. You’ll feel like you lost 10 pounds when you let it go.

10. Love what you do – As a career coach, I often hear people say that they “can’t” do a certain job, or that they just need “money” from a job. Although I can’t be an astronaut, nor do I want to be, I can do what I love, help people be more successful in their careers and play a small part in someone’s life. For me, that is truly living the dream.

Want to expand your journey? Check out our Leadership With Soul Workshop coming up on March 28th and 29th