If you are constantly on the go it’s really hard to find downtime. You may have worked hard to get your perfect career that your life is consumed with your job first. But who’s to say that you can’t balance a busy career and busy personal life? What are the best ways to make sure you balance them both effectively? I’ve personally always struggled with balance. But for 2020, I wanted to make it a goal to enjoy my personal life a little more so I don’t get burnout as much as I did in 2019. So, here’s 3 tips I’m doing to find the right balance.
1. Work Smart
There is so much focus on working hard but if you can find ways to cut corners without compromising the quality, wouldn’t you do it? There are many word document automation programs as well as templates, that if you’ve got an abundance of emails you need to answer, sitting down and typing all of these out can be frustrating and eats into so much of your downtime. One of my favourite ways of getting through emails is using voice recognition on my phone. The great thing is that now even your phone can recognize your voice and learn to understand its nuances. Once you train your phone in the ways of your voice, you can dictate emails or texts to save time!
2. Build Rituals Into Your Life
There is so much information out there on the importance of self-care. If we are always on-the-go we can forget to prioritize ourselves. Ensuring that you build rituals into your life doesn’t just prioritize yourself and the ones you love, but it can make everything easier. When we don’t take time out for ourselves we can begin to feel burnt out. Maybe there are other people in your life that take priority but that doesn’t mean that you’ve got to be selfish in order to get that all-important alone time. Even something as little as a moment for self-reflection for ten minutes in the morning gives you the opportunity to build these all-important rituals. And once you start to turn these into habits, they become easier to do!
3. Remember The Important Moments In Life
Things can shift into focus when we realize there are bigger things in life. A good example is when you have children. Even if you don’t plan on having children of your own, if you miss a niece’s birthday because of work, it’s these moments that you will regret later on. Our career isn’t everything and when we are prioritizing our career over everyone else, we can lose important relationships and really lose grasp of reality. Take the opportunity now to look at the important things in your life, those little mundane moments and learn to appreciate them. Because as the saying goes “you don’t know what you have until it’s gone”.
We’ve all worked hard (and are still working hard) for our perfect career but there comes a point when you need to find the right balance. If you are living to work rather than working to live, it’s important to reset the balance. Take the time to reassess and make sure that you aren’t just working for your own sense of satisfaction and remember that money isn’t everything.
Do you struggle with a work life balance?