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  1. Build small breaks into your day – one in the morning and one at night. Reserve this time to reflect on your priorities, think about how you want to spend your time, refocus on your goals – or simply relax. (For suggestions on doing this, see “Book Ends“.)
  2. Be willing to ask for help before you reach a state of overload. Acknowledging where you could use additional support is a huge step in the right direction. (See “How to Ask for Help” for ideas on how to get more comfortable requesting (and accepting) help.)
  3. Use all of your vacation days. Embrace the rejuvenating power of consecutive days off, and you’ll return to daily life calmer, more resilient and clearer-minded than before.
  4. Seek out time-stretching options, such as flextime and telecommuting, that can help you reclaim time lost in rush-hour commutes – or simply allow you to spend some key time (say breakfast or after school) with your family.
  5. Practice saying “no” to requests that steal time from your highest choices. Say no to small things first as a way to get comfortable opting out – then build to the bigger deals. (See “7 Tips to Saying “No”“.)

This was excerpted from “How to Strike a Balance Between Work and Life” which was published in the March 2007 issue of Experience Life.

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