Working people often have to put on a balancing act to keep their professional and personal life smooth-sailing. But with only 24 hours in a day, the going can get really tough at times!
If you’re always on your toes struggling to strike a work-life balance, you’ve come to the right place. Read on for 36 life hacks that are sure to make your busy life a LOT easier.
Grooming Life Hacks
- No time to shampoo? Just use dry shampoo when you’re in a rush! Alternatively, de-grease roots and tips with talcum or baby powder or cornstarch. If you have dark roots, use cocoa powder. Better yet, shampoo at night!
- Use shampoo with conditioner to save time. If you don’t want to do that, mix conditioner and water in the ratio of 1:3 and use as a leave-in conditioner.
- Know what works for your hair and face so you don’t waste time deciding on a look each morning. Get a haircut that suits you and takes little time to set.
- Learn some tricks to help you get out the door faster. For example: braid hair right after your shower at night for bouncy waves in the morning, flip hair upside down and blow dry to add volume, and use lotion or hand cream to conceal split ends and tame flyaways.
- Shave after your shower to get a closer, smoother shave.
- Place an ice pack or a bag of frozen peas on your face to reduce puffiness.
Closet Organization Life Hacks
- If you have different clothes for each season, store off-season clothes elsewhere. This will empty space in your closet and help you organize in-season clothes better.
- Donate, sell, or discard items that you no longer wear or fit into so you don’t stare into your closet each morning wondering what you should put on.
- Organize clothes and shoes by category and colors so that you can pick items quickly.
- Keep underwear, ties, and accessories organized in drawers with the help of dividers. Ties, scarves, bags, and jewelry can also be suspended from hooks or on a coat rack.
- Plan outfits for the next day before you get into bed at night, and for the whole week on weekends. This will allow you to carefully select what you wear.
- Label your clothes hangers or arrange them in a particular way so you know WHEN you last wore a particular item. Doing so will keep you from wearing the same things over and over to your workplace.
Lunch Life Hacks
- Prepare large meals on weekends, pack them into smaller boxes, and store in the fridge for the week. All you’ll have to do in the mornings is grab one on your way to work!
- Variety is the spice of life, so think of using cooked foods in different ways throughout the week. For example: if you’ve made roast chicken or turkey during the weekend, use chunks of meat in soups, salads or sandwiches.
- To stay energetic throughout the day, supplement meals with foods that boost your metabolism – like fresh vegetables and fruits, dried fruit, and dark chocolate.
- Keep foods like crackers, cookies, string cheese, dried fruit, nuts, granola bars, and canned foods like tuna or beans in your office drawer or in the pantry so you always have something to snack on or eat whenever hunger strikes.
- Use your office kitchenette as much as you can – make soup or pasta in the microwave, boil eggs using hot water or coffee from the kettle, and warm up pita breads in the toaster!
- Keep basic equipment like a knife, a plate, a bowl and a spoon in your drawer, on your desk, or in the pantry. Also, be prepared for lunchtime with salt and pepper shakers, herb sachets, and little bottles of olive oil, vinegar, mustard and ketchup!
Office Organization Life Hacks
- Clear away clutter by removing desk and drawer items that you don’t need or haven’t used in the past several months. Do the same with furniture, knickknacks, decorations, equipment, and supplies.
- Delete unnecessary and old files, folders, and emails that are taking up space on your computer. Keep a limited number of programs pinned to your task bar and desktop.
- Assess all items that you have and make sure everything is in the right place. Establish different work zones to make life easier.
- Use bins and baskets to keep items organized; label drawers and shelves so you know WHAT goes where. Don’t strew items all over your desk; use a pen stand or organizer to keep stationery organized.
- Place equipment and supplies near your main work zone so you don’t have to step away from your desk when you’re working.
- Keep a tab on supplies and replenish them frequently. This will ensure you don’t run out when you’re in the middle of completing an important task.
- Prepare for the coming week before you leave office on Friday. Create an agenda for all tasks you need to complete, clear mailbox and inbox, then set an objective for Monday. Knowing what’s in store for you will make weekdays easier to handle. Do leave a little treat for yourself in your desk drawer, too!
- Make a to-do list and stick to it. Put the hardest tasks first and reward yourself with a treat or a small break once you accomplish tough goals.
- A constantly buzzing phone can keep you from getting things done. So put your phone away when you’re concentrating on tasks. If you can’t keep it away for the whole day, schedule phone time for yourself or use it ONLY during lunchtime.
- Check your e-mail only at particular times, such as at the start of the day, around noon, or at the end of the day. Dropping a task to check your e-mail can cause you to lose focus and bring down productivity.
- Frequent short breaks are better than a single long break. Taking regular breaks will keep you focused while working, knowing that you have dedicated time to allow yourself to be distracted from work.
- Spruce up your office with artwork or low-maintenance plants to keep you motivated. However, don’t create clutter.
Fitness Life Hacks
- Even if you’re not a fitness enthusiast, try working out whenever you can. Exercising for even 30 minutes a day can have immense benefits on your mind and body! Alternatively, perform breathing exercises to help calm your nerves.
- If you drive to work, park your car far from your office building and walk the distance. If you use public transport, get off one or two stops ahead and walk to your office. You can also get on the bus from the next stop than your usual when heading to work.
- Take the stairs instead of the elevator whenever you can.
- Sitting for prolonged periods has been linked to a number of health concerns like obesity, high cholesterol, increased blood pressure, etc. So make it a point to get up and take short walks every hour or so. Perform a few stretches, too and if possible, try to work while standing.
- Keep lightweight dumbbells or weights in your drawer so you can exercise in your cubicle or in the cafeteria. Put up a couple of motivational posters and visualize yourself exercising to get going!
- Hit the gym at off-peak times to beat traffic and eliminate waiting time to use equipment. Find a gym near your office or house so you don’t spend a lot of time on commute. Exercise with a colleague or friend to keep up the momentum.
Which Life Hack Will You Try Today?
Sweeping life changes can be hard to implement – but making small, gradual changes to your lifestyle is possible and doable. With the life hacks given here, you now know what you need to do to make your busy life more manageable.
So get started right away and strike a balance between your professional and personal life!