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Feel like the day-to-day grind has taken control of your life? Get your balance back! Try these steps.

  • Schedule a date with a bath or good book. Keep it, just like you would a business appointment.
  • Trade services with friends. Offer to do things you enjoy or were planning to do anyway.
  • Say "no thanks" to activities that sap energy but don't help your personal or professional life.
  • Combine tasks. For example, fill prescriptions where you buy groceries.
  • Set priorities, then work through your list in order of importance.
  • Outsource chores. Hire a teenager to mow your lawn. Have groceries delivered.
  • Plan one fun activity a week. It gives you something to look forward to!
  • Set boundaries. Practice saying no.
  • Turn off the TV. Resist the urge to watch the late show, and go to bed.
  • Set your alarm earlier and avoid the morning rush.
  • Work exercise into your day. Take a walk at lunch, use the stairs instead of the elevator, or add a gym-time reminder to your calendar.
  • Live in the moment. If you’re playing with your kids, forget about work deadlines!

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Reviewed by Michael W. Smith, MD on May 06, 2013

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