Now we’ve returned home to Perth, I’ve found that more than ever that I need to focus. It’s been a bit of a challenge. I’m five months pregnant and I just spent the last 15 months travelling Australia in a caravan.
But… back to reality now.
It has certainly been an adjustment, and although I’m excited about increasing my workload and growing my biz (yes, really!) I am loathed to give up all the positive lifestyle changes I implemented over the past 15 months.
I’ve realised that although I need to be a bit more organised to maintain a strong focus on my work-life, it’s vital I keep the things in my life that make me happy while cutting out bad habits that waste my time.
So here’s what I’ve done:
- Given up Instagram
I realised a couple of months ago that Instagram wasn’t bringing me joy. I found myself unhealthily comparing myself to the fashion models and successful business leaders I was following on the app, and it was making me feel down.
As the saying goes: “Every minute you spend wishing you had someone else’s life is a minute spent wasting yours.”
Not only was Insta a total time-waste but it was a de-motivator. So I cut it from my life.
- Made yoga part of my daily routine
As I grow my bump, I’ve found I’ve had growing aches and pains a lot earlier on than my previous pregnancy.
Hello, back pain and weird leg cramps at 3am. I don’t like you much!
Yoga has been a saviour and the odd day I’ve skipped it, I’ve found that come 5pm I am hobbling around the house. My morning stretches have made coping with my body’s changes so much easier and best of all they’ve helped to calm my racing mind.
Yoga has been proven to combat negative thoughts and promote productivity, so there’s no doubt sticking to this morning routine will have a positive knock-on effect to my work-life.
- Reading books more and my screen less
I suppose this ties in with giving up Instagram, but one bad habit I’ve recently dropped is looking at my phone in bed. Instead, I charge it outside of the room and pick up a book from my bedside table.
This has enabled me to read more and I’ve got stuck into some business books such as Marie Forleo’s ‘Everything is Figureoutable’ which I got as a Christmas pressie.
I’ve found reading before bed helps me unwind a lot easier than staring at my phone’s screen ever did, and I’m sleeping better for it.
What are some ways you are working on improving your work-life balance? Hit reply now and let me know!
And while I’ve got you here, have you read my latest blog post featuring tips on how to make business blogging feel less of a chore?