Poor Work-Life Balance Can Get Off My Jock
Balancing work and life is something I’ll probably always struggle to get right, but I’ve come a long way. I’ve learned a lot about what’s really important and what can too easily be lost when it’s not prioritized. I’ve always been the person who wants to do it all, have it all, be it all, but to be honest, all I ever really wanted was to be able to pay my rent, afford a taxi, and not sweat bullets when the server puts the check on the table.
Listen, I don’t have all the answers. Sometimes I talk like I do, but I don’t. I have good days and bad days, but right now, this is what I know: You can have it all, just not all at once.
Achieving work-life balance can feel like an impossible goal, but it’s important to help you manage your career and personal life well. I love these tips from Forbes about how to make it happen:
Communicate. If you won’t be available for certain hours during the day or weekend because you’re dealing with family issues, let your manager and colleagues know, and get their full support.
Use Technology to Your Advantage. Technology should help make your life easier, not control it. Ban technology at certain times so that you can focus on your family or friends.
Learn to Say “No.” Remember that you can respectfully decline offers to run the PTA or serve on an extra committee at work. When you stop doing things out of guilt, you’ll find more time to focus on the activities that truly bring you joy.
Protect Your Private Time. Allow yourself to daydream in the subway or appreciate good weather on your walk to work. If you don’t allow yourself pockets of personal time, you’ll become too burned out to fully appreciate any part of your life.
All you can really control is how well you live your life, how well you do your work, and with how much grace you can handle the pressure.
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