It’s time to level up.
Whether you believe in writing down and ticking off New Year’s resolutions or prefer to tackle challenges as they come your way, there’s no denying that taking the time to step back and assess your game plan is a valuable key to success. Heading into the silly season, when the dinners are plenty and the drinks flow late into the evening, spend five minutes thinking about how you can add more balance to your life heading into the New Year. Whether it’s picking up a new skill or bringing a playful energy to your workspace, here are five ways you can nail life balance!
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If you’re not seeing results in your work or feel like you’re no closer to achieving your goals, it may be because you’re stuck in a rut and need a bit of a shake-up. Mixing up the way you approach tasks – whether it’s in the office or in the gym – can give your mind the mental shake-up it needs to come up with innovative and creative solutions. Maybe you’ll try the “stand up desk” trend? Or try a different fitness class? Or maybe just add moments of leisure to your workweek? Jason Wyatt, managing director of Marketplacer, commented in an interview with Business Insider Australia, “From a business point of view, I want to hold more walking meetings. We find our best ideas are not discovered in an office!” However you choose to shake things up, challenging the status quo of your day-to-day behaviour might be exactly what the doctor ordered!
It might sound like an obvious one, but it’s worth mentioning all the same! Taking up new hobbies (such as cycling or painting) and learning new skills (such as how to code HTML or speak a new language) can ignite new creative thought to enhance what you do day-to-day, as well as broaden your horizon and foster a sense of achievement and discovery. Even getting more involved with your local community can be considered a hobby. CEO of TryBooking, Jeff McAlister, commented, “During my job I see thousands of events occurring across Australia, most for a great cause. These could be local theatre, sporting, fundraising or political events. My aim is to participate in much more of these next year!” If it’s a physical activity you’ve decided to take on, make sure you equip yourself with the right gear to keep you moving. Durable and comfortable work-out clothes (like SQDAthletica’s lightweight, breathable and moisture-wicking Field Singlet and all way flex, performance fit Freeway Shorts), top of the range equipment (novice and pro cyclers alike need a good set of gloves, like SQDAthletica’s SQD Cycling Gloves) and even fitness tracking apps like Nike+ and Moves will get you started and then keep you going.
Even though some days you might feel like Superman, other times you’ll feel more like Clark Kent. Taking the time to step back and unplug before you feel drained is vital in maintaining consistent energy levels and attention capacity. Don’t wait until you’re lying face-down at your desk to take a break; schedule regular unwind-moments to help you refresh your energy, reset your mind, and help avoid burnout. Whether it’s a walk down the street to your favourite café for a mid-afternoon green juice, absorbing the latest news from your favourite publication, or even taking some time to listen to your favourite band (or soothing rainforest sounds – whatever your style), regular quick breaks can reset your mind to help you better tackle your day (relax in style in SQDAthletica’s SQUAD Tee and Expedition Shorts).
Pack the overnight bag and grab the tent! Did someone say vacay? If you haven’t yet clued into the value of taking regular mini-breaks, this is your wakeup call. Short mental breaks (as discussed earlier) are proven to increase focus, making you more productive and creative in the workplace. While leaving your desk for lunch or going for a quick walk can help alleviate tension and help you re-centre, short getaways can have the same effect! Escaping daily stresses, exploring a new environment and experiencing different stimuli allows you to develop stronger decision-making skills and think creatively. You’ll probably find that a weekend spent at the beach or hitting the ski slopes fosters better creative thinking and some of your best ideas! Jot them down quickly before getting back into the adventure zone.
While this might sound like the kind of thing your mother would hound you about, it’s surprising how often we overlook skincare. Whether you’re fighting the first sign of wrinkles or tackling dry and dull skin, investing in a thorough, high-quality skincare routine is an easy and effective way to bring a little extra balance to your life. And by “high-quality”, we mean more than stealing fancy products from your girlfriend’s vanity or layering on too many products. Stick to a simple routine of cleansing, exfoliating and moisturising to keep your skin in top shape all year long. If you’re wondering how a skincare routine can add balance to your life, it’s simple. Having a regular daily routine that includes self-care can help you take time out during the day to reset your mind and tackle the tasks ahead – be it running a board meeting or taking the kids to Saturday sports. It’s also worth mentioning that the improvements to your skin can only help your self-confidence and give you an extra mood boost each day. It’s a win-win!
Feature Image: Anders Overgaard for GQ
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