06/01/2012 10:59 am ET

Simple Steps To Improve Your Work-Life Balance

If you can't remember the last time you saw your friends, you haven't put on your sneakers in months, or you regularly find yourself checking your phone even when it hasn't beeped, then you probably need to step back and shift your priorities. There's something to be said for hard work, but if all those tireless hours take away from what makes you you, then it's time to strive for some balance. Follow these easy steps to add more leisure to your life.

  • Create "break" appointments. If you struggle to tear away from work on your own, then why not pencil it in? Create a phone alert, add it to your Outlook calendar, and consider that "me" time into a must-do.

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