The to do lists seem to never end. "I need to do this. I've got to do that. They're depending on me to fulfill this." BLAH BLAH BLAH
The reality is, life is happening all around us and responsibilities come with the package. In no way am I trying to deny the facts of life. It's the balance of knowing what and how to prioritize that seems to leave many of us dumbfounded. And in trying to strike that balance, it seems many of us are that waiter banging the pitcher against the glass trying to refill everyone else's cup!
As I get older, I realize that I'm no good to others if I'm not taking care of myself.
So how exactly can we find the balance between our professional lives and our personal ones?
- I truly believe in an age where we are drowning in information and communication, it's important to unplug regularly and just BE. If possible, make a schedule for yourself. Perhaps you won't scroll social media or reply to work emails after 9pm. Or maybe you'll make it a goal to turn your phone on silent and just enjoy doing something YOU LOVE twice a week for an hour or so. I've done this and it is a GREAT way to regroup and realign myself. Go ahead and build downtime into your schedule...you deserve it!
2. Prioritize people and activities
- The irony of this is the original word "priority" was never plural. That's a newer concept. But for the sake of relevance, think about the people and activities that are TRULY important to you. Is it exercise? Listening to music? A good read? Time with loved ones? Prayer? These will be different for everyone and as you identify a few, you'll be able to devote quality time to those things.
As your priorities become clear, don't feel bad that some things didn't make this list. Identifying what's important will help you set clear boundaries in what you can and cannot do.
3. Swerve the Guilt
- The reality is we can't give 100% to everything or everyone at once. It's OK if you have to decline a few invites or aren't available to add something else to your plate. You're human. And like I shared earlier, you're no good to anyone else if you aren't taking care of self.
What do you do to strike a work-life balance?