When it feels like there aren’t enough hours in the day to accomplish everything you want, what do you do? How do you handle work and personal life? Work-life balance is something everyone struggles with at one point or another, but it is achievable. Just like anything else, it takes skill and practice. Check out our 7 tips to help achieve a better balance, and to start feeling happier both in and outside of work.
After a summer of relaxation and fun, heading back to the hustle and bustle of the school year may seem stressful. However, there is also a lot to be excited about! Use these tips to stay calm, cool, and zen during the school year.
Maintain a Summer State of Mind
Instead of stressing about going back to school this year, try to focus on maintaining your summer mindset through the fall and winter as well. Make time for fun each day and allow yourself to practice self care when things get hectic. Continue trying new things during the school year, and spending time with friends and family.
Set Attainable Goals
Start the new school year by setting personal goals for yourself, and by helping your children set personal goals for themselves. Set weekly, monthly, and seasonal goals to help track your progress and keep the school year exciting and fulfilling! Goals can be simple such as reading a chapter of a novel each night, or long-term goals such as learning a new subject or language. Learning about subjects of your choice can help keep learning fun. Hold yourself accountable and track your progress using a journal, notebook or bullet journal.
Establish New Habits
This is the perfect time to kickstart new routines and healthy habits. Use a bullet journal or a planner to keep track of your schedule, and make sure you have time for work, leisure, and other activities. If you’ve been wanting to pick up a new hobby such as yoga or cooking, make sure you designate times for those things during the school year so that you have something to look forward to each day. Try using Zebra Mildliner highlighters to organize your goals or schedule by color and priority each day! Mildliners are perfect for bullet journaling, planning, coloring and more.
Mindfulness is the practice of taking time to focus on mental health by living in the moment and focusing on the present. Practicing mindfulness is a great way to reduce stress and anxiety, especially when faced with assignments and deadlines. When you’re planning your day or week, designate some time for yourself to practice mindfulness such as meditation or journaling.
Have you started your summer AdZENtures bucket list? Zen can be added to any adventure, big or small, and there’s no better time for an adventure than summertime!
Here are some ideas to add to your summer AdZENtures bucket list:
- Hike a local trail
With warmer weather and more hours of sunlight, hiking a local trail can be a fun summer adzenture! Bring some snacks and a water bottle and enjoy the view.
- Watch a sunset/sunrise
Relax in your back yard or visit a local park to enjoy a sunset, or wake up early and experience the beauty of a summer sunrise!
- Visit a water park
- Get a pedicure
Break out those open-toed shoes! Everyone likes to feel pampered, so bring a friend or enjoy some alone time and go get a pedicure this summer.
- Do some summer reading
Lose yourself in some summer reading. Go to your local bookstore and make some time to relax and read a book!
- Beach day trip
Set up a beach chair, take a dip in the ocean, build a sandcastle, have a summer adzenture at the beach!
- Watch fireflies at dusk
It’s summertime and fireflies are beginning to show up. Sit outside and watch them light up the evening!
- Have a Picnic
Pack up sandwiches, snacks, and drinks of your choice then spread a blanket out in your back yard or take it to the park to enjoy some lunch!
- Go to a Lake
Fishing, swimming, rope swings, and just enjoying the view— visiting a lake always makes for a fun summer adzenture!
No clouds in the sky? Then it’s a perfect night to do some stargazing! Look to the night sky and see if you can find any constellations!
- Have a Cookout
Invite some friends over and do some grilling outside. Everyone can bring their favorite summer side dish or dessert to share as well!
With some extra time on your hands, summer is a great time to do a little crafting. If you have any old household supplies lying around, put them to use and look up ways to make a craft out of them!
Don’t forget to keep a journal of all your AdZENtures! Try out the F-301 Ballpoint Retractable Pen for your summer journal!
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For as long as people had a pen, paper and could write, the art of crafting a romantic love letter has been penned. But in the era of texting, tweeting, emojis and emailing, the intuitive pleasure of a handwritten love letter is largely lost.
Remember in grammar school as a kid, when the “I like you, do you like me? Check yes or no” note was passed to you in class? Now you send a text (“luv u”). Then finish the conversation with a suggestive emoji.
When it comes to sentimental value, females overwhelmingly lead the genders. Females are over twice as likely as men to keep notes, children’s schoolwork, diaries and their own creative writing, poetry and songs. Males are more likely to cherish handwritten wedding vows than females, but females have neater writing than males and believe that handwriting reflects their personality.
It’s a spectacular thing to be loved with words, and not utilitarian texts full of empty acronyms, humorous-faced emojis or emails sent two seconds before grabbing a cab. How much more precious, then, those letters of former times, when the flow of ink, the craftsmanship of words and letters on paper, embossed paper you can touch. They delivered more than a letter, they delivered thoughtful emotions.
Nevertheless, we hope someone writes you a love letter. But better yet, we hope you start writing them. We sincerely hope you begin to construct an environment in which your relationships are able to flourish in such a way that the people you love notice the time and effort you put into a handwritten note or love letter.
SOURCE: A survey of 2000 people by luxury travel brand Signature from Thomas Cook