Finding a work-life balance is especially important for those in the trucking industry who spend so much time away from home. As the holidays approach, many of you will haul more loads and be on the road for more days at a time. To help, our team at Papé Kenworth put together three tips for how you can maintain a healthy work-life balance.
Stay Connected With Family & Friends
With FaceTime, Skype, and other video chat apps, your loved ones don’t have to feel so far away. Video chat or call your family and friends daily; it will help you feel connected. Even just a quick text to a friend when grabbing a bite at a rest stop will help you reconnect with your personal life. If you are having difficulty with low data speeds in rural areas, give Imo a try—the app boasts clear calls on a 2G, 3G, 4G or Wi-Fi connection.
Taking the runs no one else wants can be profitable, but remember overtime comes at a cost. Make a financial plan and stick to it. A budgeting app like Money Manager Expense & Budget can help you keep track of your income and expenses right from your phone.
Request time off or turn down loads when you’ve hit your goals for the month. There will always be more loads; it is up to you to set the boundaries for how much you are willing to work.
Enjoy Time Off
Making the most of your time off-duty is key to avoiding burnout. When you are home, enjoy quality time with your family, spend time on your hobbies, and tackle home maintenance projects that have been sitting on your to-do list. Do whatever helps you fight stress, whether that’s working out or catching up on your favorite TV shows.
Time away from home can take a toll on you and your family, especially around the holidays. Remember to keep these three tips in mind in the coming months to achieve a work-life balance and avoid burnout.