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Mayo Clinic’s Work-Life Balance

For most of us, juggling the demands of career and personal life is an ongoing challenge. Here are some tips on how to do it from the world-famous Mayo Clinic.

Track everything you do for one week.  Decide what’s necessary and what satisfies you the most. Cut or delegate activities you don’t enjoy and don’t have time for. If you don’t have the authority to do that, talk to your supervisor.

Take advantage of your options. Find out if your employer offers flex hours, a compressed workweek, job-sharing or telecommuting for your role.

Learn to say no.  When you quit doing the things you only do out of guilt or a false sense of obligation, you’ll make more room in your life for the activities that are meaningful to you and bring you joy.

Leave work at work.  Make a conscious decision to separate work time from personal time. When with you’re family, turn off your cell phone and computer.

Organize your household tasks efficiently. Do one or two loads of laundry every day, rather than saving it all for the weekend, and schedule some other chores on workdays so that your days off are more relaxing.

Nurture yourself. Set aside time each day for an activity that you enjoy, such as walking, working out or listening to music. Unwind after a hectic workday by reading, practicing yoga, or taking a bath or shower.

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