Work-life Balance. More about being present.April 8, 2021
Work-life Balance – enjoy the nowApril 8, 2021
Work. Life. Balance. Does anyone else automatically start singing the repetitive chorus from Rihanna’s “Work” accompanied with some subtle twerking when approaching this subject? Or do you find yourself belting out “9 to 5” by, the queen we do not deserve, Dolly Parton?
As an achiever, I am a hard-working machine. I love hitting goals. I love getting things done. I am committed to seeing things from start to finish. Do I have the tendency to take on too much and do it all? Absolutely. This is why creating boundaries is so vital, especially as a millennial who refrains from asking for help. So, listen up, folks because here are my free tips (and know that I am writing this not only for you, but for myself):
- Compartmentalize your time. As in, take care of your work while you’re at work and take care of your personal stuff before and after. Of course, there is flexibility when needed, but try your best to not blur lines. As a recently engaged human, I have been challenged with this daily to make sure I’m focusing on the task at hand instead of thinking of my own wedding, so, if I can do it, you can do it!
- Watch your hours. This will help you avoid burn out – resist ze burn! Remember, it is okay to work hard, play hard, and rest hard; you deserve it. I am a task-oriented individual and nothing kills me more than coming to the end of the day with stuff left on my to-do list. Honor the start and end time and clock out, literally and figuratively. It is okay to leave it for tomorrow
- Don’t overload your schedule. This one goes out to all the workaholics and those that suffer from FOMO. No one knows your limits like you do and this applies to both sides of the coin in terms of professional vs. personal. Again, preaching to the choir here, but you cannot do it all and you can (and will eventually have to) say no. How many meetings can you handle in a day? Do you have the energy to get up at 5:30 AM, head to the mountains to ski, and grab a drink with that Bumble date that night?
- Silence your notifications. This is huge, y’all – it is a simple, physical action boundary. Every Friday before I leave the office, I turn off my computer, register my phone line as “do not disturb”, and mute my inbox alerts. It is liberating and helps me officially check out of work and move into a relaxed mindset for the weekend, whatever that looks like.
Remember, at the end of the day, you are human and you’re figuring it out. You are the only one that can create a balanced environment and, dang it, you can do it.