Achieving a work life balance is certainly not unique to people who work online, but for bloggers and entrepreneurs it is a real challenge.

This is particularly true during the early stages of a blogging career because of the multitude of things to accomplish in order to position ourselves for long-term success. But too much work has a downside, like too little time spent with the family, risk of burn-out and a host of other things.

So how can we best keep a balance and maintain happiness across the board?

Plan Each Day

Utilizing a to-do list or some other tool to keep your day structured so that you maintain order is key. It’s best to accomplish your most important tasks first while your energy level is at it’s highest. Establish a time for the day to end as well.

Stay on Schedule

This is where you can assure yourself of completing your day as planned, insuring that there is time for personal life activities on the back end. Following a schedule establishes routines and should be observed even if you work from home.

Learn to Say No

Inevitably, if you work from home there will be those who think you have all the time in the world and will ask for chunks of your time for various reasons. Short of emergencies and critical activities; make every attempt to stay on schedule. We cannot be everything to everybody.

Exercise

A regular exercise program is a must for healthy living and longevity. Exercise uses up oxygen and causes us to burn stored fat.

Eat Properly

Developing or maintaining healthy eating habits allows us to get the most out of our energy but more importantly, keeps our bodies in good working order.

Have Some Play Time

As important as it is to work, it is also important to play. Be sure to get away from everything regularly and enjoy your favorite recreation activity. Movies, dining or whatever it is that is fun and enjoyable helps you find that balance in life.

So what about you?

How are you maintaining a balance in your life?

Please share some of your experiences in the comments below.

Stay Productive!

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24 Responses to Achieving Work Life Balance

  1. Steve Youngs says:

    Great tips, Jimi! Couldn’t fault them even if I tried. :-)

    I’m about to do the “play time” one and take the kids for a swim.

    Kind regards,
    Steve
    Steve Youngs´s last blog post ..9 Ways Your Kids Can Help Your Blogging

  2. Fernando says:

    Great post! I totally agree on two points.
    Learning to say No and Maintaining a schedule, hope to see you around Jim.
    Fernando´s last blog post ..The Real Steps To Make A Profitable Niche Site – 02

  3. Definitely the Learn To Say No!

    It’s beyond very important – I personally think it’s critical.
    Barbara Ling, Virtual Coach´s last blog post ..A Very Merry Lingized Networking Meme

  4. Great post – I’ve been working a lot on creating “focused” work time – eliminating “noise” and needless interruptions. Be creating space free of chaos, it clears my head and frees up time to live ;-)
    Kris @Krazy_Kris´s last blog post ..The 2000 Calorie Scam

    • Jimi Jones says:

      Hi Kris.
      You’ve hit the nail on the head, we must avoid constant interruptions and distractions if we are to ever actually get anything done. Failing to do so means that there is always work waiting, and that time to actually enjoy “life” is always in short supply.
      Jimi Jones´s last blog post ..7 Reasons to Become an Early Riser

  5. Great points Jimi.

    Too many people slant their work/life balance to one side. They either workk too much or not hard enough.

    The real key is the word balance. Hard work and achieving goals is essential, but it is only part of the equation. To really achieve taking some moments off to be with family and friends means just as much as the hard work.
    Steve@Lifestyle Design´s last blog post ..Is THAT The Best You Can Do

    • Jimi Jones says:

      Balance is key, for sure. When we become better managers of our time it makes finding that balance that much easier. Even still, we are challenged almost daily to maintain that fragile balance in our lives.

      I look forward to those fun times with family and friends because I know I have given a huge effort to have the time to do so. It’s a nice little reward that refreshes and has me ready to work even more.
      Jimi Jones´s last blog post ..Achieving Work Life Balance

  6. Hi Jimi, balance with anything is tricky. I’ve definitely been overweighted in work lately but that will change after the holidays. I’m also guilty of working too late trying to get all my tasks done. I’ve decided I’m too optimistic about how much I can do in a day so I’m going to scale down. :)
    Jennifer Barry´s last blog post ..19 Things You Probably Don&8217t Know About Me

    • Jimi Jones says:

      Hi Jennifer.

      Taking on too much in a day is something that I once struggled with regularly. I’ve developed a much better sense of gauging things now. it’s funny, I can feel the tipping point when I write up my to-do list.

      It’s really important to not overload ourselves though, we need to feel those victories of having completed everything with some degree of regularity. It’s good to be driven, but no sense driving ourselves into a hole. :-)

      Scaling down is definitely a good thing. I’d rather finish early and have the option doing something else than to work late and still not cover the bases.
      Jimi Jones´s last blog post ..Achieving Work Life Balance

  7. Larry Rivera says:

    Hi Jimi, great tips. It is important to live a balanced life. I find Tai Chi helps me maintain balance in my life.

    Thanks for sharing!
    Larry Rivera´s last blog post ..Tribe Syndication – Are You A Good Syndicator

  8. Bryan says:

    Hey Jimi,

    Great tips but simple to understand. I think a lot of people are working and not taking care of their health. You’ve mentioned about eating well and exercise. I think those are some of the basic things we need to do well so that we could keep going with our work whether it’s a business of your own or a day job.

    Definitely agree with play time. I call it do anything else other than work time :D Helps me recharge.
    Bryan´s last blog post ..The Poor Man’s Guide to Starting a Website

    • Jimi Jones says:

      Hi Bryan.

      “Do anything else but work” time sound great and I wish there was more of it. :-)

      I’m no dietitian but I think if we eat slower and consume smaller portions we can still feel as satisfied while taking in a little less. I’ve recently began this and so far so good.

      Thanks for visiting, man.
      Jimi Jones´s last blog post ..Get a Jump on Your Personal Growth and Development for 2011

    • K. Vairamuthu says:

      Well said Bryan. The more we work without taking care of our body, we end up spending the extra money that we earned in clinics. I think we should split our 24 hours as 8 hours sleep, 8 hours work and 8 hours other useful and recreational tasks.

  9. John McNally says:

    Luckily I follow all those tips Jimi, although I’ve been neglecting the planning a bit recently. I’m on a major traffic drive at the moment, so that’s my plan; post and make comments. I don’t need to write that down, – even I can remember that. :-)

    On the other hand because I haven’t really structured my day, I wonder if I’ve been missing something important. :roll:

    Eating well is vital. I feel so much better eating healthily. If I’ve had any junk food it effects my mood, and my energy levels. I can’t afford to eat rubbish anyway, I’m running 90 miles a week at the moment, marathon training. :o

    John
    John McNally´s last blog post ..TV News and Visual Deception

    • Jimi Jones says:

      Hey John.

      I’m on a traffic campaign as well and it takes a good deal of time to visit and leave those nice quality comments, but I really enjoy it.

      I follow my daily plans fairly well, having not done as well when I don’t write my to-do list. The extra focus that the list provides helps me a great deal.

      I agree, eating a nice balanced diet is very important and I have really stepped up my game in that department. Wish I had started sooner, but hey, it’s never too late I guess. :-)

      Man. that 90 miles weekly sounds awesome. It takes a real commitment to pull that off, good for you, dude. I’ve never like distance running at all, but cycling is another story.

      Wishing you all the best on that marathon. When is the event? Be sure to have someone take some photos.
      Jimi Jones´s last blog post ..Get a Jump on Your Personal Growth and Development for 2011

  10. Kurt Abel says:

    My wife keeps me balanced. When I have been working too long, she will come and and very politely tell me so. I guess that is a bit of a cop out, and maybe that tells me that I should be following more of your tips!
    Kurt Abel´s last blog post ..The Best WordPress SEO Plugin And 6 Other Plugins You Need

  11. Great tips!

    I actually gave up a few “extra-curricular” activities, one being Girl Scouts.

    I was a leader for 7 years and as the girls get older, they just don’t have time with all the other activities they are in, plus they just think it’s not cool!

    Being a leader took up endless hours of my time every week. Why waste them on people that don’t want to be there? So I quit!

    Now I have more time…

    • Jimi Jones says:

      Hi Carolee.

      That’s too bad about the scouts. I was a boy scout and really got quite a bit out of it. Of course that was more than a few weekends ago. LOL

      Things are so different these days, it’s can be quite a challenge to keep the attention of our youth.

      I can imagine the time it must have taken to be a leader in that type of organization. At least you recovered the time to do other things with your life.

      Thanks for visiting!
      Jimi Jones´s last blog post ..How to Follow Through on Your Goals

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