With any career, you have to find a balance between your professional life and your personal life. Carter Express wants our drivers to be equipped to sustain a healthy work-life balance so we’ve put together eight ways to balance and manage your time on the road with your time off!

Set goals

Having short and long-term goals in your professional and personal life can help keep you motivated. These can range from hitting a specific number of weekly miles, maintaining a clean safety record, learning a new skill, or accruing a certain amount of savings. Decide on whatever you want to work toward and commit to it!

Use comfortable sleep gear

Low sleep quality make

s everything more difficult. Prioritizing your sleep while on the road can help keep you energized, motivated, and in a healthy headspace. Invest in comfortable sheets, blankets, pillows, and anything else you need for a good night’s sleep. Click here for a Carter blog all about improving your sleep.

Have boundaries

Clear communication is vital to managing your time on and off the clock. Letting your loved ones know when you’re going to be behind the wheel and unavailable and unplugging from work during your downtime can take away the stress of managing both at once.

Plan for downtime

It’s important to have something to look forward to when you’re on the clock. Making plans with friends and family, or even plans to rest and relax, can give you something to think about and push forward to. Consider jotting your plans down on a piece of paper and looking at it whenever you need a motivational reminder.

Document your journey

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Start a new hobby

Learning a new hobby while you’re on the road will give you a way to rest and relax in your downtime between runs. You can improve your skills while away from home and then be ready to hit the ground running once you get back home!

 Focus on your health

Maintaining your physical and mental health is imperative to having a satisfying professional and personal life. Taking strides to eat nutrient-dense foods, spending time doing activities that you enjoy, and prioritizing mental health can better equip you for a sustainable work-life balance.

Connect with drivers

Fellow professional drivers understand life on the road in a way that no one else can. Creating friendships with other drivers and being involved in the industry can go a long way in helping you create a sustainable, balanced career. Carter Express offers our drivers an exclusive newsletter that helps them feel involved in something bigger.

The importance of knowing how to maximize your time professionally and personally is not lost on us here at Carter Express. To unlock a truck driving career that will last and at a carrier that cares, connect with us today at Carter Express.