As a busy working professional, your life can sometimes look monotonous – wake up, work, sleep and repeat. When your life becomes work, both aspects begin to dwindle. You need an equally fulfilled life and career, which requires a healthy balance. To obtain that balance, ensure that you set aside time each day to do these 4 important things.

  1. Eat. If you’re like most business owners and dedicated workers, you probably have a pattern of eating lunch at your desk. You may pick up a quick fast food meal or something from the café, then you sit back down and type with one hand and hold your food with the other. Look, I get it; it truly is a pain to take 30 minutes away from work in the middle of the day, especially if you’re in the middle of something interesting or important. However, you deserve a break to fulfill your basic human needs such as eating and using the restroom. Take time to eat – after all, you need to eat to live, and the work can wait 30 minutes. The short rest will help restore your mental balance.
  2. Exercise. Yes, I know, this is difficult. The last thing you want to do after straining your brain all day is to pick up a weight and strain your physical muscles as well, but you’ll feel better when you do. Exercising for even 20 minutes per day can do wonders for your health over time and can even increase your productivity. Keeping physically fit doesn’t mean you have to kill yourself with intense workouts. Simply take a quick walk – a breath of fresh air and a nice way to stretch your legs.
  3. Play. Sounds silly for anyone over the age of 12, right? It’s not! As you get older and busier, it’s even more important to “play.” What’s something you love to do? Now, think about the last time you got to do that hobby. Whether you enjoy drawing, playing an instrument, reading a book or something else entirely, always make sure you can dedicate a portion of your day to your hobby. All work and no play? Not anymore!
  4. Relax. Breathe in, breathe out and clear your mind. Perhaps the most important part of your day, you need time to unwind and recharge. Of course, this is easier said than done, as there is always something that could be done – dishes, laundry, more work. However, if you attempt to finish everything that needs to be fixed, you’ll never be done. While you shouldn’t neglect your responsibilities, you should cut yourself some slack on matters that don’t truly matter. There’s always tomorrow. For now, relax.

Do you take the time each day to do these 4 things? Try it out now. Today, make sure you eat, exercise, play and relax. You’ll feel much more rejuvenated and ready to take on the next day when you know you have something to look forward to besides “just another workday.”