The balancing act between work life and personal life can be a bit nerve-wracking. Lean too far to the left and you risk submerging yourself within the woes of your job. You lean too far to the right, there’s a great chance no work will get done. So, how can the two peacefully coincide? There’s no clean-cut answer for this. What may work for one individual might not work for the other. However, through trial and error, there have been a few ways that have helped people figure out how to alleviate worries of mismanaging the two.
Schedule Out Your Day
Having a plan in mind of how you envision a productive day unfolding helps keep focus on what should be prioritized. Start from the beginning of your day, from the very moment your feet hit the floor, to the end when your head hits your pillow.
- Implementing breaks in between your tasks keeps you from feeling overwhelmed by your day’s tasks.
- Set a certain block of time for each task you are looking to accomplish in your day; this allotted time will hold you accountable
Write Out a To-Do List
Unlike a schedule, creating a to-do list places less of a time strain on someone who’s looking to achieve some of their daily goals. While you hope to accomplish as many of the objectives you have listed, they’re not as time-sensitive as those on a schedule.
- Physically write out a list of objectives you would like to complete for your day and check them off when accomplished.
- Acknowledge all that you have completed on your list.
- At the end of the day, move what’s left to the next day.
Sometimes you have to disconnect from your handheld devices to be present in the moment. Whether it be focusing on work or placing distance from your job, radio silence can be beneficial.
- Place your phone on do not disturb (DND) and set up an automated response to notify others that you’re currently busy.
Create New Habits
- Begin with something small, e.g. preparing your workspace for the next day. Practice this action consistently until it becomes common behavior.
Dedicate Your Spaces
When crossing the threshold of your home, your job should not follow you. Create boundaries that designate your home specifically for your personal life.
- Prior to leaving your workplace, jot down your unfinished tasks and grievances. Leave them at your desk.
Learn to Say “NO”
As much as we would like to please everyone within our circles, it’s not humanly possible. Do not force yourself to take on more than you can possibly handle.
- If overwhelmed by a situation, take a step back and politely decline. Your mental health is most important.
Your two lives should rarely meet. Keep them separate and save yourself from the madness that comes from trying to balance work and home life simultaneously.