When it comes to your career, chances are, you’re serious about building and being the best that you can. Regardless of whether you’re a freelancer, entrepreneur, corporate worker, business owner, etc. you’re a go-getter. But as a result, you sometimes lose track of your work-life balance.
It goes without saying that you are the most productive version of yourself when you’re well-rested and have a clear distinction between work life and regular life. But getting to that place is harder than it looks. When you’re trying to make a name for yourself, it’s so easy to fall into the hustle mindset. It’s easy to push and push, go and go, and even overexert yourself—in the rush to meet your goals.
Though having a strong and serious attitude about your career is instrumental in your success, the balance must take priority. Creating a healthy distinction between the work you do, and your out-of-office life you live is of utmost importance to prevent frustration, and frankly, burnout.
You deserve to have a break. You also deserve to be motivated to be your best self, which comes from surrounding yourself by people, situations, and circumstances that support you in your journey. Regardless of whether you’re struggling deeply with this balance, or just need some refreshers on how to re-prioritize your life, here are 8 ways you can create that peace you crave and deserve.
1. Stop saying ‘yes’ to every single thing that comes your way.
There is much to be said about saying ‘yes.’ In fact, it’s one of the biggest and most liberating things you can do because it builds your potential and capacity to achieve. However, you run into problems when you become a ‘yes-person’: someone who is so quick to jump to the next thing without really assessing whether it’s practical, beneficial, or realistic.
Don’t be a ‘yes-person.’ Be someone who is enthusiastic and ready to take on opportunities, but not without thinking them through, first. When you give yourself time to make decisions and sort through the things you truly want to say ‘yes’ to, then you’ll create the healthy balance and not feel as overloaded or stressed.
2. Be intentional about the time you schedule and spend.
This goes for both work and personal life—be intentional all the time. Try your best to be organized, too. If you have a calendar with all your meetings, appointments, etc. in one place it will be much easier to find time for personal/social events.
Also make sure that you’re setting aside necessary time to spend with loved ones, to disconnect, and to be present just as much as you’re available for work. This is key for a healthy balance.
3. Create boundaries for when you’ll engage with work-related content.
This can be as simple as turning your phone to ‘do not disturb’ for certain hours of the night, to as complicated as giving yourself a set amount of minutes before responding to an email. Whatever works for you, make sure that you’re creating healthy boundaries.
4. Prioritize what matters to you and quit feeling guilty about it.
Simple and important: You can easily create a work-life balance by assessing and prioritizing what matters the most to you. If you love spending time with family and friends, make that a priority in your weekly calendar. If you really want to put your time and energy into said project, write that at the top of the to-do list. Then stop feeling guilty.
5. Be mindful of how much of your social media is necessary vs. a distraction.
If you’re someone who doesn’t have a job related to social media, this is an easy point to recognize. If you are involved somehow with digital marketing/social media, this will be tricky—but necessary.
As you go through a normal day, think about how much time you spend online. Then think about how much of that time is actually for a purpose. Make sure that your social media accounts are bringing you/your business value, rather than sucking you into negative habits or keeping you from getting your work done.
6. Set a time when you’re completely off-screen and present.
This connects back to points #2 + #3 but it’s too important not to mention again, and a bit more serious this time. Get off the screen. Life is all around you—and it’s true—we’re missing more and more when we let technology control our lives.
Rather than getting sidetracked from present conversations or appearing distant to the people around you, literally schedule time when your phone or computer isn’t even in sight. This will not only make the people around you feel valued, but will help you get more things done when the timing is right.
7. Listen to yourself—body and mind.
Truth is, you know yourself. You can tell when you’re getting distracted, when you’re tired, or when you’re on the verge of a breakdown. Instead of ignoring the warning signs and pushing through in the name of ‘success’ or ‘hustle,’ give yourself the space you need to relax, unwind, and reset.
8. Forgive and be patient.
You’re going to make mistakes along the way. You’re probably going to work too hard at times, and not enough at others. But this is the process. Rather than beating yourself up for the times you haven’t yet succeeded, be patient. Strive for a healthy work-life balance, for a confident mindset, and for the grace to give yourself room to grow.