Category: work and life

The Perks of Bullet Journaling

Writing down to-do lists, goals, and plans is one of the productivity hacks that many subscribe to. The bullet journaling hype that has taken social media by storm shows that using pen and paper for productivity is still very much alive. If you are unfamiliar with this type of journaling, there are free bullet journal templates online that you can use to see if it works for you. Here are just some of the reasons why many got hooked.

The many possibilities
A bullet journal offers a lot of flexibility. You can use it as a simple to-do list notebook. Or you can transform it into a work of art in the process by combining aesthetics and function. For some people, it has become a hobby that helps unleash their creativity while keeping them organized. Whatever you choose to do with it, the bulleted notebook you have can serve its purpose well.

Self-improvement tool
Bullet journals can also be nifty tools if you want to keep track of your habits. You can easily make a list of the things you want to start doing and start tracking. It is a visual habit tracker that allows you to see your progress at a glance and make the necessary adjustments if needed.

Builds mindfulness and reduces distractions
There are many great task management and other productivity software applications you can use on your computer and mobile devices. But keeping a notebook or bullet journal allows you to focus on writing what you have in mind with fewer or no distractions. There are no alerts or notifications, open tabs on your browser to check, and more. Writing or doodling on your journal can be a mindfulness activity that keeps you grounded to the here and now.

How to Create Your Own Work/Life Balance

For many people, work/life balance may seem like an elusive thing. How it works for one person may not necessarily do the trick for another. The idea of completely balancing work and life may seem farfetched. But finding a perfect balance should not be the goal. Rather, it is about looking for that spot somewhere between doing great work without sacrificing a quality of life that makes room for more fulfilling things to happen. If you want to find that sweet spot where you get the most from work and in life, here are some things worth doing.

Manage your priorities and keep realistic goals or expectations.
There are a lot of things that can get in the way of achieving work/life balance. Setting a goal to fast-track your career or build a multi-million business in a short time does entails a lot of work that could eat up a lot of time. You do not have to give up on such lofty goals if they are important to you. But you may have to put off the work and life balance that you seek if you want to stay on the career or business course you have set for yourself. Or you can adjust your goals and expectations to make more room for personal time. Find a place somewhere in the ideal balance that helps you stay on track with your work goals while still maintaining a semblance of life.

Find workarounds.
Whether you are working for an employer or running your own business, find workarounds that allow you to do the job without sacrificing personal time. Find out if there are company policies that let you telecommute or work from home, if needed. If you are running your own business, consider creating an environment that promotes quality work within designated work hours and respects time off from work.

Make technology work for you, not against you.
Technology can either be a boon or a bane depending on how you use it. It can help improve your productivity. Or it can be a source of non-stop distractions. Protecting your time is one of the best things you can do to keep a life outside of work. Watch out for digital distractions. Remove or delete alerts on notifications on email, social media, and your phone. Use web apps that help you block websites that are not essential to your work. Unplug as soon as you are done with work to make time for personal things.

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