I truly love being a busy bee!! Having too much free time is never good for me – I get lazy and eat too much junk food. However, as much as I love being busy, it’s important to keep in mind there’s a fine line between being busy and being too busy. Seems to me, if I feel this way, some of you probably do, too.
Having a well balanced life is key to personal happiness. I’m a believer that if you’re stressed at work, it will lead to stress at home, which leads to stress in your social life…and it can become a big, stressful snowball! But, looking at the glass half full, I’m ALSO a believer that if you’re happy at work, it can flow over into other areas of your life. Balancing your time and energy equally among different areas of your life is a great way to ensure your snowball stays happy, not stressful.
life balance reading
I did a lot of reading and reflection about life balance during my blogging break. Learning how to manage everything on your plate is critical for mental and physical health. For those of you interested in reading up on balance, the posts I enjoyed the most are:
- 6 Tips for Improving Work / Life Balance
- 6 Steps to Set Boundaries Between Your Work and Personal Life
- 10 Ways to Achieve Work / Life Balance and Enjoy Living
- Tackle a “Power Day” (this is actually a podcast I listen to, but the show notes to the episode I found helpful on this subject are linked) – read more about this podcast in this happiness hack post!
the high points / key takeaways
- Life balance doesn’t have to be black and white – you can take a personal call at work and you can answer a work email at home – just make sure there is balance. (Note: this is only applicable if you’re in a professional environment that is on board – don’t let me get you in trouble for taking a personal call while at the office!!)
- No one is perfect, so don’t stress about NOT being perfect
- Know how much you can handle, then don’t hesitate to say no
- Ask for help when you need it! You know those coworkers, friends, or family members who always say “let me know if I can help”?! There’s a good chance they actually mean it!!
- Schedule a “power hour” or “power day” – tackle all of your necessary, but annoying, to dos at once!
- Make a schedule…and stick with it
- Become comfortable with the notion that every minute of every day does NOT have to be spent productively
- “Me time” is just as important (if not more important) than checking things off your to do list
To close out this post, I’m going to leave you with a challenge. What can you do right now to give yourself more life balance? Maybe it’s tweaking your plans for the day so you can have some “me time”. Or, maybe it’s asking a coworker for help with getting an assignment completed on time. Whatever it is – commit to it right now!
Life balance is not something we can achieve overnight. It will constantly be a work in progress, as our lives are constantly evolving. However, keep in mind, NONE of us are perfect, and that’s a-okay!!
Lots of love – ked