Studies claim that we spent almost 1/3 of our lives working. With these kinds of stats, surely it’s important to ensure that we are in a career that fills us with passion. Even when fulfilling our passions, work can still be draining and stressful as I’m sure we all know. On top of that, try juggling your career with a family, children, pets, friends and household tasks, and it’s easy to become overwhelmed. This can sometimes lead to burnout, which I talk about here. Hopefully, this post can teach you how to avoid the burnout stage altogether!
Burnout is very, very real. Burnout happens when you overwork yourself and try to DO IT ALL. There is nothing wrong with being productive and ambitious by any means, however I do think it is important to recognize when we need a break and to kindly acknowledge this very real truth, without beating ourselves up about it.
When it comes to work-life balance, I think it can be very personal. Some people really enjoy spending a large portion of their time at work. Others can’t stand it, and simply will work to pay the totally essential bills. Both are TOTALLY OKAY based on what you want.
However, regardless of how much you choose to work, you still need to acknowledge that you have a life outside of work and ensure that you are mindful enough to carve out time for both. I do work hard and quite often, however I also recognize that I value spending time with my family and friends, as well as my alone time. I NEED THAT TIME to recharge my batteries to be able to come back and show up as my best self. When I overdo it, I feel it right away, so I try to avoid getting to that stage as best as I can (although, I’ll admit, it would serve me well to try to practice what I preach a tad more). My job is very social and I love that it is, but I’m also highly introverted and spend a lot of my time on my own, which I also enjoy.
Whatever your style is, you need to ensure that you are giving yourself the time you need to still keep your relationships in tact, as well as time for yourself. Keeping a healthy work-life balance will help you from ever reaching that dreaded burnout stage.
7 Ways to Maintain Work/ Life Balance-
1. Stay Organized-
You guys, this point is so vital. With proper organization, you are going to feel so much more equipped for dealing with your busy life, including all of the daily stressors you may face. This may involve to-do lists, choosing certain days for cleaning and self-care, and keeping an agenda. All of these things help me to feel more in control and aware of how my week will look, therefore reducing my stress.
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2. Have a Morning Routine-
Have a plan for a healthy morning routine that will start your day off on the right foot. Avoid getting up 20 minutes before you need to leave the house, and then rushing around like a chicken with your head cut off. Wake up earlier than you normally would. Avoid reaching for the phone and mindlessly scrolling. ENJOY a few peaceful moments to yourself before the work day starts. This could mean a few minutes of meditation, reading, or simply enjoying your coffee while burning a candle. DO WHAT MAKES YOU SMILE.
3. Say “NO”-
Contrary to popular belief, you do not have to say “YES” to everything. If you’re tired and want to reschedule plans with your friends, then do it. You don’t want to pick up that extra overtime at work? Don’t. It doesn’t make you an asshole by putting yourself first, it actually makes you smart.
PS. Read the book “The Life-changing Magic Of Not Giving A F*ck” by Sarah Knight.
4. Leave Work at Work-
I understand that sometimes this just isn’t possible. If part of your career is working from home, or your entire career, that’s okay! Just set aside time to do your work and try to keep it at that. When you’re off the clock, be off the clock. Make an effort to spend undistracted time with your family, friends, or spouse. This time is important, so treat it as so.
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Similar to my previous point, the ability to unplug is so important. In our busy lives today, where everyone is always on the go, being mindful to be in the moment is more crucial than ever. Try to stay off your phone and computer as much as possible. This is especially important when you are with your loved ones. Cherish the time you are with them. Your phone will still be there later.
6. Ask for Help!-
No one asked you to be Superwoman. It’s OKAY to ask for help. I feel like a lot of people take this as a weakness, however there is no need. If you know you’d really benefit by someone stopping at the grocery store for you, then ask them. Ain’t no shame!
7. Make Time for the Things that Make You Happy-
This last tip may be the most important. To have a healthy work-life balance, you need to be pursuing all aspects of your life, and this includes your passions. Doing things you love will make you feel happy and inspired. This should always remain a priority for you, because as I always say, you can’t pour from an empty cup.
I hope this post was able to provide you with a bit of insight about how to keep your work-life balance healthy and in check! I’ll admit, I definitely felt like laughing a bit as I wrote this, because it’s so much easier to give this advice than it is to take it. I need to practice what I preach, ESPECIALLY on this topic. I will make more of an effort to follow my own advice & I hope you do too. Let me know down below what things you do to keep the balance.
As always, have a great week!
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