Organize Yourself: How to Make Work-Life Balance Work

Organize Yourself: How to Make Work-Life Balance Work

This post was written by Cate Palmer.

Time management is one of the biggest challenges one can encounter in their everyday life. It can be really hard to organize yourself when you have so many responsibilities.

There are job-related tasks to be done every day, there are family issues and obligations. And there is a need for personal space and growth.

The speed of living is increasing and you’ll need to adapt as fast as you can in order to maintain harmony in your life. Take a glance at the tips below since those can be helpful if you decide to organize and improve the balance between your work and personal life.

Leave work at the office.

One of the most common mistakes working people make is 24-hour availability. Of course, every responsible person wants to get their job done in a timely manner, but there’s no need to go to the extreme.

Make sure to block email notifications once you’ve left the office. The time you spend at your working station is what you are paid for and there’s no need to sacrifice your private life for a needy boss.

Remind your superiors about that in an assertive and calm way. They’ll know to appreciate your message and will start to respect your personal time.

Increase productivity.

You’ve probably stumbled upon at least one article about hacking sleep. This topic is very popular on social media, and people are competing who will work harder and sleep less.

There is an ongoing misbelief that less sleep and more work will help to get better results. Try to avoid this malpractice.

Instead of stressing your body with lack of sleep, try to organize better and increase your productivity during your office hours.

There’s no need to work more than 8 hours. In fact, there are some countries in Europe, such as Sweden, that introduced 6-hour shifts a few years ago. Their experience has shown increase in productivity and lower levels of stress and burning-out.

So, don’t work harder, work smarter.

Know that nothing is perfect.

The First 5 Steps on The Path to Inner Fulfillment

A lot of people tend to go back to the office once they remember something isn’t done perfectly. Before you become one of those people, stop and think for a while.

Will that imperfection change anything, and can it be done tomorrow? In most cases, the answer is „No“, it won’t affect anything, and „Yes“, it can be done the next day.

Again, make sure to separate your working and private hours. Once you leave the office, forget about the job and try to live a normal, quality life with your loved ones.

Nothing is perfect in this world, nor are you. Because of that, relax and enjoy your free hours and do something that fuels you. Don’t worry about the job, there’s always tomorrow.

Find time for recreation.

Your first thought after you hear the word „recreation“ is probably the following: „I don’t have time for that.“ That’s a lie. You just need to put some effort into building a few healthy habits, and one of them should be physical activity.

Search for some MetasAthletic activewear online and hit the track. Feel free to find the sport you like the most and stick to it.

Make sure to train at least 4 hours a week. Increase that time once you see how much energy you can actually gain while sweating. All bad thoughts and toxins will leave your body once you’re done with your workout routine, so don’t hesitate and start today.

Think about others.

Ask yourself how your family members feel when they see you stressed out because of your work. Slow down and think about that.

Do you resonate with happy vibes or are you just another workaholic that lost their compass? Try to concentrate on a bigger picture and you’ll see how your loved ones see you.

Be open to suggestions. If someone close to you says that you need to rest, they are probably right. You shouldn’t go as fast as you can since you will crash down at some point. Think about their feelings and concerns.

Final thoughts

Balancing your work and life isn’t possible if you let someone else organize your time. Because of that, give your best to master your hours and find time for everything.

There’s no magical potion you can take and make everything work. You will need to invest some energy and rely on your intuition and experience. You should be aware when to push harder at work and when you should ease up and rest.

If this is hard for you, start breaking the day into hours and dedicate an activity to each one. Once you see all your daily tasks on paper, you’ll be a step closer to mastering your life. Find enough time for your family and personal growth, and think about a vacation once in awhile.

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Becoming an Online Merchant: 4 Tips to Find the Perfect Product to Sell

Becoming an Online Merchant: 4 Tips to Find the Perfect Product to Sell

E-commerce is a booming industry and will only continue to grow in the coming years. That’s why it’s not so surprising that there are plenty of people who want even just a small slice of the proverbial pie.

But whether or not you are looking to establish a full-blown online store or would simply want to supplement your income by buying and selling items on the side, you have to pick a product to sell that would, well, sell.

With the right marketing strategy, one can argue that anything and everything can be sold online. However, the real challenge is finding a product that is conducive to success. How do you find that product? Here are a few pointers.

Finding The Ideal Product to Sell

1. Target Hobbyists and Collectors

You’ll be surprised by just how much money hobbyists and collectors are willing to spend to fuel their passions.

If you have a knack for finding rare items, you’ll be a big hit with collectors. Whether they’re interested in action figures and toys, lapel pins, first edition books, stickers, sports cards, or even antique dinnerware. Just make sure that everything is legitimate.

Meanwhile, there is no shortage of hobbies on which people willingly invest their time and money.

Some of the more popular ones include biking, fishing, knitting and crocheting, calligraphy, model building (including radio-controlled vehicles), and handicrafts. Look for a leisure pursuit where you can act as the product-based solution and you’ll easily enamor yourself to these customers.

2. Something Hard to Find or Can’t be Bought Locally

There are some things that can be easily found in a local grocery store or a specialty shop — say gardening or baking supplies. But what about specialty foods, magician’s accessories, eco-friendly products, and fandom items?

Most likely, people will go online to find these. You can enlist the help of Google Trends and Google Keyword Tool to get a glimpse of what kinds of products people are searching for online and use the results as a guide to pick a niche product to sell.

You can also try to sell products that can’t be bought or difficult to procure locally, like Japanese Kitkats, the “three-story” alfajor Oreos, or Asian beauty products. The latter, in particular, is a good place to start since a lot of products are only available in select countries or regions but are available through wholesale Asian cosmetics websites. Do the hard work of sourcing these products (and offer them at reasonable prices) and see just how much your customers will love you.

3. Star with The Accessories Before The Big-Ticket Items

When people buy big-ticket items such as 4K TVs, high-end smartphones, and gaming laptops, they buy them only once. Their next purchase of these kinds of products will probably be in the next two to three years.

These are big investments, after all, and people are much more reluctant to spend huge amounts so often. However, accessories are much more common purchases and people are relatively more agreeable to spending more often on these items. Especially when they’re meant to increase the performance or ensure the longer life of the bigger product.

Think about HDMI cables and switchers for TVs, charging cables and power banks as well as cases and protectors for smartphones, and gaming accessories like a mouse, a keyboard, and a good pair of headphones.

If you already sell the big-ticket items, then it’s a wise decision to add the accessories to your online catalog. If you’ve yet to choose what to sell on your online shop and/or you have a limited capital, you should consider selling these kinds of accessories first.

4. Consumables Mean Customers That Keep Coming Back

Consumables mean that you will have a steady customer base and a rather reliable revenue stream. What’s more, when people need to order products from you regularly, it’s much easier to build a loyal customer base.

Think about specialty cooking ingredients (Himalayan pink salt, anyone?), supplies for arts and crafts, and even cosmetics. Just make sure you’re able to deliver each and every time, since you don’t know when your customers will run out of their stock or order in bulk in advance.

Of course, choosing which product to sell is just one part of a thriving online business, since you should also take into consideration the demand, potential competition, and reliable suppliers, among others. However, it’s also undeniable that finding a saleable item is a huge contributor to your business success. Good luck on your journey as an online entrepreneur!

If you're into ecommerce, you might be wondering what product to sell on your online store. Here are 4 great ideas that are sure to make you money and bring you loyal customers: #ecommerce #onlinestore #makemoneyonline #sidehustle