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Is your life a balancing act? Does your smart phone extend


your working day? Do you feel that you never have time just for you?


You’re not alone. More people are working longer hours because they feel less secure in their jobs, or because due to lay-offs they are now responsible for extra work.


Even if you have little power over the hours you work, you can still improve your life by concentrating on the areas which you can control.


Schedule downtime – It could be a date night with your partner or a family day out with the kids. Make it top priority. Don’t cancel and don’t allow interruptions. You’ll feel much better for some time spent with those you love.


Outsource – Weekends and evenings can easily be taken up with chores. If you can afford it, employ a cleaner, or a gardener, or someone to do the ironing. Use the time saved to do something you really love, like practice your guitar or walk the dog.


Get up earlier – If you’re the type who leaves it until the very last minute to get out of bed, set your alarm for half an hour or an hour earlier. Use that time to exercise or get boring household chores out of the way, freeing up time in the evening.


Make little changes – You don’t have to quit your job and move to a croft in the Shetland Isles. Just fifteen minutes sitting in the park at lunch time reading a book or listening to music can go a long way towards increasing your sense of well-being.


By Sarah Davey


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