Self-care is a hot topic right now, but it goes beyond having spa days or doing yoga. Creating a work/life balance is key to remaining energized and productive.
If you don’t have balance in your life, you’ll find it difficult to improve yourself, and can risk burning out. Finding a balance between work and your personal life can be difficult. A true balance may require a shift in perspective, but in the meantime, try these tips to help avoid burn out:
Be more selective about your activities
When you have limited time, it’s important to be clear about your priorities. Pay attention to what brings you joy, and notice when you’re wasting time scrolling through Facebook or binging television. It’s okay to do these things occasionally, but do you really want to be spending your valuable and rare time away from work doing these activities? If so, go for it. But I think you’ll find other activities bring you even more joy, like spending time with friends and family, making art, cooking, etc. Spend some time to reflect on what is truly important to you, and then commit to spending time doing it.
When you’re being selective, this may mean that you need to unplug. We’ve all become too accustomed to checking our phones and social media too often, so logging off for a while can help you reinforce your boundaries between work and your personal life. You’ll be more focused while working and channeling your energy to something you actually enjoy in your free time.
Manage your time
Time management is key to maintaining a work/life balance. When you have limited free time, it’s crucial to do your work efficiently so that you can capitalize on the time away from it. You should also be thoughtful about how you’re spending your free time so you can make the most of it. Try to think about how best to prioritize and schedule your chores. Take it a step further and block off time for your hobbies or other enjoyable activities so you won’t be tempted to check your email.
Let go of perfectionism
It’s a cliché, but it’s true: nothing is perfect. When you strive for perfection, you’ll never be satisfied. It’s better to simply try your best, and be proud for giving it your all. Don’t be disappointed in yourself when you forego answering an email to spend time with your kids, or when you need to leave dirty dishes in the sink to get to work on time.
Create strict boundaries
When it’s time to work, do it! If you can’t get your work done efficiently it will eat into your personal time. The same goes for your personal time; don’t let work issues distract you from spending time taking care of your health and relationships.
Don’t think that you need to wake up tomorrow and have clear-cut boundaries, schedules, and the mindset to balance your work and personal life. It can take time to develop habits that help you feel like you have a distinct balance. Take baby steps and try to work toward it everyday. The first step is being mindful of what you hope to gain from both your time at work and your personal life.
What does success mean to you?
Work/life balance can mean different things to different people. Where do your values lie? Does being successful mean continuous advancement in your career? Or does being successful mean you’d like to have a large and happy family? You can have both! You just have to reflect on where you want your energy to go and find the balance that helps you achieve what is most important to you, not to anyone else.
Taking care of yourself requires work, but it also require relaxation. Maintaining a work/life balance can be difficult, but it’s important to manage it so you don’t burn out. Then again, perhaps all you need is a shift in perspective to find life in your work, and vice versa.
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