Maintaining the Work-Life Balance

Have you ever worked late or on the weekends? Have you incessantly checked your phone and emails while relaxing or involved in social events? Have work-related thoughts clouded your mind and disrupted your attention outside of work? Have you stopped a conversation with a friend or family member to take a call? I know I’m definitely guilty of all of these (sometimes even simultaneously). As technology becomes more widely and regularly used, this has become a common issue in the daily lives of the employed.

Overworking yourself can actually make you LESS productive at work than taking a break to breathe and rest your mind. Additionally, it can seep into your personal life, causing issues. So how can you keep your balance? Check it out:

Set Boundaries: technology and mobile devices make it easy for you to be available non-stop. You need to set boundaries. Turn your phone on silent outside of work. Only check your emails/voicemails for an hour a night after you finish your shift. Only respond to things that NEED to be responded to.

Schedule: I literally have a white board for daily, weekly, and monthly tasks and to-dos. I work extremely hard to stick with that schedule. Having this schedule will make sure I don’t over-do it and actually reduce time worrying about whether or not I’m forgetting to do something. It saves a lot of brain power.

Prioritize: living in the instant gratification age could make it seem like if you don’t respond or aren’t present every second of the day that the world may end. It won’t- trust me. Deal with any fires that need to be put out. Then, prioritize whether or not something needs to be done ASAP or if it can be put on the backburner. Do this regularly to ensure you’re managing your time well.

Be realistic: we have become multitasking masters, which can sometimes make us believe we’re capable of doing the workload of 3 people all at once. It’s a nice thought but unrealistic. Sometimes you need to say no to people (do it nicely, though!) and if you do say yes to someone, make sure you set realistic timelines and expectations. Give yourself some extra time in case something more pressing comes up and cuts into your time. This can help you avoid the need to cram things in to meet a timeline you set.

Sometimes our lives make work and personal life blend too easily but you need to regularly take a step back and remind yourself that your brain needs a break. Do yourself a favor and follow the steps above and see if it makes a positive difference in your life.

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The Quaint Notion of the Work Life Balance

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Inspirational Discussions on Ted.com

Today’s post is just an easy-breezy one. I came across a nice discussion posting on Ted.com that really got me thinking. I wanted to share it with you because it’s an interesting question that could really allow you to internally reflect.

The posting asks you to think about what advice you’d give to a younger you. There were some really great, insightful, and funny answers to this. I welcome you to think about this question and if you’re feeling adventurous, submit it on the link found at the bottom of this post. My answers are as follows:

  • Don’t focus so hard on achieving certain things (life goals, career goals, etc.) because you may blind yourself from things that are a better fit for you. Keep your eyes and mind open.
  • Don’t get down about the things that don’t work out:  you’ll be surprised at what opportunities come about once you stop being depressed about your best laid-plans that failed.
  • Stay humble- the only thing you can count on in life is that everything is bound to change at one point or another.
  • If all the doors of opportunity are closed, break through a wall and create your own passage to opportunities.
  • Disconnect yourself from anyone or anything that brings you down.
  • It is not your job to fix other people’s bad habits. Don’t get sucked down a dark road trying to do that. They’re perfectly capable of figuring out their own life.
  • Don’t let negative words get to your head. You know you better than they know you. If they can’t see all the great things you are, then find people that do.
  • Find a company that matches your personal values.
  • Find a company that has a company culture you will enjoy working in.
  • Trust your gut, it typically knows what is right or wrong before your heart and head confuses you.
  • Take chances when you’re young- this is the time you can afford to fail or mess up.
  • Don’t let anything or anyone take away your optimism no matter how ridiculous or naive it seems… at least you’re happy.
  • Don’t be scared to believe in something and make things happen, even if you’re going in it alone.
  • Don’t let the hardships of life make you forget your dreams and passions.
  • Don’t lie to yourself. Stay true and figure out a plan of action based on that.
  • Remember that it is a huge world out there and you can find the things that you hope for. And if you don’t, you have the capabilities to create it.

This post isn’t meant to make you think about the things you wish you could change in your past. It’s meant to let you recall these important life lessons you’ve learned along the way and apply it to your present so you can pave the way for a better future in your life and career. Happy Thinking!

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