“Balance” is a Lifestyle, not a Buzzword

“Balance” is a Lifestyle, not a Buzzword

“Balance” is a word that’s thrown around often. Most tend to think of “balance” as purely related to nutrition, work-life balance, or perhaps by definition: a condition in which different elements are equal or in the correct proportions.

In reality though, when we hear the word, we should think about how balance should apply to all aspects of life – professional, personal and beyond. If you’re like most, you might have a second or third shift meaning your day doesn’t end once that final email is sent or once the kids are asleep.

We salute you multi-tasking, side-hustling, go-getters, which means we support anything that fuels you to accomplish anything and everything that’s important to you. There are some things that can be done within your routine to help create for a seamless transition from one activity to the next, ultimately saving you time in the process.

1. Begin with the Basics

Organization is not a four-letter word (but really, it’s a twelve-letter word).

24/7 is the new 9-5 because technology has created an environment where work can reach us at all hours of the day, wherever we are. Knowing how to manage your work-life balance is a critical step to taking charge of a fulfilling life, and improving your organization skills are a good place to start.

Most times, having a running to-do list in your head doesn’t work out well for anyone involved. Thanks to technology, there’s an app for that! Well, actually there are app(s). Head to your app store and search “organization” or “to do lists,” and you’ll find plenty of options to help organize your schedule and tasks.

More of an old-school pen and paper list maker? Fear not! There’s something for you, too, but we’re going to have to ask that you abandon your 204,852 packs of sticky notes and check out “Bullet Journaling.” Self-defined, this type of journaling lives at the intersection between mindfulness and productivity aka it’s for those of us who prefer to write our tasks out on paper, but it helps with sticking to a core structure. Using symbols and indicators, this method of list writing and note taking is just as efficient as it is creative and fun.

Since we’re in the business of saving you time with this post, we’re obliged to tell you the initial setup for your bullet journal will take less than an hour, and average about an hour for new outlines for each month. As far as the day-to-day, aim to journal for 10-20 minutes each day, but how much time you put in is completely up to you.

2. Repeat After Me, “I DO have time to cook”

Minimal time, but you know what we mean.

Today, everyone’s newsfeed is peppered (pun intended) with quick recipes and ideas to prepare meals faster without sacrificing health or taste. So the next time you find yourself thinking, “I don’t have time to cook” or “I’ll just pick something up for dinner” – Think again!

Enter the one-pan recipe and put out your chef’s hat. OK, that’s optional, but they do say dress for the role you want. If you’re not familiar with the one-pan magic method, we suggest you start with Google. There are so many yummy options available for different taste preferences and palates – all guaranteed to leave you with more time out of the kitchen.

3. Emerge and See with Emergen-C® Energy+

3 p.m., we’re comin’ for you.

New Emergen-C® Energy+ is a powder-packed formula with natural caffeine from green tea to focus your mind*; calcium, magnesium, potassium and other key nutrients to help replenish your body*; plus B vitamins and vitamin C to fortify you.*

Feeling energized shouldn’t compromise your nutrition, which is why Emergen-C Energy+ will pick you up while providing key nutrients. And after that, why not take a quick walk? No time for that walking meeting trend? Take a mini walk around the office. Recent studies1 found just five minutes of walking can improve your energy, mood and happiness.

BRB we’re off to do a lap!

4. Technology is Not Always on Your Side (But It Doesn’t Have to be This Way)

“Hey Siri, how do I stop spending hours a day on Instagram?”

Cell phones: in lots of ways, they’ve made us more efficient and have saved us time, whether it’s through easing communication, getting us to our destination or that handy iCal.

However, with everything good in the world comes some bad. Recent studies have found that just hearing a notification is enough to derail you from your current task at hand. So to confirm, even if you don’t pick up your phone to respond to that group text, the sound alone can disrupt your attention. We know our phones are typically victimized in the workplace. Scrolling through social is a black hole that we often dive into headfirst to put off responding to that email at 4:30 pm. But wait there’s more…your phone can also sabotage your workout.

Instead of a lecture (because nobody has time for that), we’ll leave you with something we should all get behind—National Day of Unplugging. It happens in March each year so we might be late to game for this time around, but we’re firm believers in celebrating this sort of holiday on the regular. As we mentioned earlier, your phone’s vast offering of apps can really help your productivity, but promise us you’ll still take a few screen-free moments throughout your day.

Source: http://people.com/bodies/walk-five-minutes-hourly-increase-energy/