Establishing a work-life balance is important for living a healthy, stress-free life. Your career is just one part of your life. As young professionals, making strides towards balancing your work with other responsibilities and interests will help create healthy habits that will last through your future professional career.
When you let your work take over your life, the other parts suffer. Health, social life, family, community involvement, and personal interests are all components of your life that should not be neglected due to a crazy schedule or workload.
Taking time to prioritize your work, home life, and free time will spare you from being “all work and no play.”
Haley’s 5 Tips for Establishing a Work-Life Balance
- Take a Day of Rest: Pick a day of the week (usually on the weekend) to rest. Do not plan anything or do any work. Making room for rest will leave you energized and de-stressed through the rest of the week.
- Establish Boundaries: Create space so your work does not constantly follow you. For some people this could mean leaving your work at the office. For others who may work at home, setting office hours that you strictly adhere to will give a clear end to your work.
- Learn How to (Gracefully) Say No: This goes for work and social life. For your office, hours and boundaries should clearly be set. Learning how to say no to the “extras” that co-workers or bosses are unnecessarily pushing on you will keep you from working additional hours. As for your social agenda, you don’t have to go to everything you are invited to attend. For those of you who suffer from FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) like me, your friends will not forget about you. Saying no to things gives you space and time so you stay stress free.
- Prioritize: Figure out what is important to you. Establishing goals and interests will help you navigate life and balance your time.
- Clear the Clutter in your Life: Literally and figuratively clean up your life. Keeping your home clean will keep you from feeling stressed and overwhelmed. Let go of friends or activities that are holding you back from reaching your full potential. The longer you let clutter build up, the harder it is to manage.
Proactively planning and organizing your life is the key to a successful work-life balance. Carve out time during your week to check yourself and your plans. If you have trouble sticking to your goals and established boundaries, seek out an accountability partner--a friend or even professional who will check in on you and your balancing act.
Don't let your work load consume your time and leave you stressed. Enjoy putting time into your career but don't let it consume your day. Remember these tips to create a routine that balances your career with all other important aspects of your life.
A food enthusiast and native Georgia Peach, Haley recently graduated from Appalachian State University with a Bachelors of Science in Sustainable Development. Currently working at the United States House of Representatives, she is passionate about the outdoors, improved access to quality education for all, public policy, and documenting “from stress to success in the city.” Click here to read more about and connect with Haley.
Edited by Viviana Hurtado, Ph.D.How do you balance life and work?