Managing your professional and personal goals often feels like an impossible task. How can you manage all of your commitments, while feeling satisfied with all? Work-life balance means something different to every individual, but here we share tips to help you find the balance that’s right for you. Time management As someone who is juggling work, study, family and social commitments, your time is limited and valuable. This is where a schedule or timetable can be useful: Take the time to plan weekly Set achievable personal and professional goals Have you considered waking up earlier in the morning? Some of the world’s most successful and productive people are early risers. Reward yourself for achieving daily and /or weekly goals Timetable more challenging tasks for when you are most alert Make time for every commitment. Don’t let one facet of your life dominate the others. Unplug your devices Yes, technology has made our lives easier. Where would we be without it? However, it has also created expectations of constant accessibility. The work emails don’t cease. The social media notifications are endless. According to a professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School, Robert Brooks, “there are times when you should just turn off your phone and enjoy the moment”. Don’t text when you’re having dinner with your family and don’t check your emails when you’re socialising. Ensure quality time is true quality time. Exercise Recent studies suggest that regular exercise gives an individual the belief that they have an appropriate balance between professional and personal commitments. The study found exercise increased self-efficacy, the feeling that one is capable of taking things on and getting them done. We suggest you should find the kind of exercise that works best for you, whether it be exercising first thing in the morning, during a lunch break, or as a post-work release. Even walking up the stairs or doing a few star jumps can help throughout the day. These aren’t the only tips for maintaining your balance. If you’ve got a balance that works, why not let us know in the comments below?