Work-life balance is the proper allocation of career related activities and personal aspects of one’s life. When you fail to separate your career from your personal life, you put yourself at risk for burnout. Burnout is mental, emotional, and physical exhaustion. It is possible to be a “workaholic” while successfully balancing your career and personal life.
There are several ways to maintain equilibrium in your work-life balance. For those work-days that never feel like they are going to end, be sure to practice some self-care. Self-care is a term used to describe activities that one enjoys doing that caters to either their emotional, physical, or mental needs. A great way to practice some self-care is to find something you enjoy, whether it be burning a candle while reading a book, or meditating in the park, self-care is essential!
Power down your technology. Our phones keep us connected to our friends, family, and to our work (even after business hours). The accessibility that our phones offer tends to encourage a “work from home” mentality, even after the work day has ended. The temptation of checking our work emails, and taking phone calls from our work phone further creates a riff in our work-life balance. After the work day ends, cut off your technology and live for you.
Compartmentalize your career goals and your personal goals. Completely separate your career goals from your personal goals, and do not work on one simultaneously while aiming to finish the other. That is, don’t try to finish a blog post you’d like to publish by the end of the day, while aiming to gain several new clients at work. Solidify the idea that work time is strictly for work, and personal time is yours to use freely.
Limit time wasting activities. Much of our days are filled with activities that prove to be obsolete to our end goal. Think of the time you could save by not checking your social media every 20 minutes. If your best friend made a post earlier in the day, it’ll most likely be there for you to spam with likes and comments after the work day ends. Find ways eliminate tasks that are not beneficial to your success.
Find ways to switch up your routine. Outside of work, find ways to break your cyclical habits. If you know everyday after work you do the same things, aim to get out a do something out of the ordinary. Monotonous lifestyles sometimes add more stress into our lives. Avoid that feeling of boredom and find new ways to spice up your free time.
Aspire for excellence. One of the easiest ways to become too detail oriented in our work is to push the agenda of perfection. Realize the idea of perfection is subjective, meaning it has a different meaning to all people. Rather than surpassing your idea of perfection, reach a consensus of excellence. Don’t spend too much time focusing on details of your work that it spills into your personal life, vice versa.
Don’t put too much on your plate. Start small, and build up to what you know you can handle. Try not to tip the scales by adding too much on your professional plate or your personal plate. Weigh the risks and benefits of all that you seek to do. Don’t be afraid to put activities on hold if they become too time consuming. In opposition, if you’re someone who aims to load themselves with several tasks, remember if your goal is to eat, don’t complain that there is too much on your plate.