If you’ve visited my blog this past week, you would have noticed that my it has been a full week since my last post (a big no-no in the blogosphere!). But hey, life happens, right?
Life doesn’t just happen, we make it happen. And that’s what I learned this week. So many of us feel like we have a million things to do in a day, and some of us (I’m guilty here too) literally cast our work aside and pray to skies for more hours in a day. We beg for day between Saturday & Sunday -> how awesome would this be though? And we make list upon list of everything that needs to get done. Am I right?
I was starting to feel like maybe I just wasn’t managing my time as effectively as I could!
As hard as I may try to balance my work life with my personal life, and all that comes with that, I haven’t been able to get a firm grip on absolutely all the moving pieces in my life. Currently I’m:
- Working full time (I’m fortunate enough to love my job)
- Planning a wedding (my own)
- Fitness training twice a day (preparing for a marathon among other personal goals)
- Studying additional courses online (for personal and professional advancement)
And then of course all the magical, joyous activities that come along with each of these, aka getting ready in the morning, coming home and making dinner, doing the groceries, shopping and coordinating things for the wedding, getting ready for the gym, physically working out, showering, reading, studying… and so the list goes on and on and on.
So where does the me-time happen? Or the we-time?! How do you efficiently balance your work and professional life?
I’ve asked myself if the best solution is to simply marry everything together into one big mesh with no boundaries or dividing lines between anything. Well, that seems to have been working well for a while now to be honest. I’ve been going to the gym on my lunch breaks at work, taking little breaks throughout the day for some quick-wins, but letting some work spillover to my weekends (luckily I can work from home when needed). This way, every day I have a bit of everything going on, and I’m not fully exhausting myself with focusing on one task for four hours, moving to the next task for four hours, and then the next… and never actually getting to work on some of the other things at all. Is this the best approach? Like I said, it’s been working well for me so far.
Ultimately it all comes down to time-management, prioritizing, and measuring how much you’re actually willing to dedicate your time to any one thing.
I always try to find ways to make my life easier, don’t we all. Whether that’s through a new app, or finding a more efficient shortcut in a current process, or even having my groceries delivered to my home instead of having to set aside time to get them on my weekend. Simpler, more convenient, time-saving all sound amazing to me!
What I’ve found is that, to best be able to balance your work with your personal life, is to do just that, make time for balance. Don’t make time to try and get EVERYTHING done in a day, because it just isn’t possible. There will always be more for us to do and there will always be things we can add to our lists. Setting aside some time for each, and mapping out how much time you think you’ll need per day to accomplish them has proven to yield the best results (at least for me).
What kinds of tips and tricks can you share on how to balance your work and professional life?
Happy Sunday friends – stay inspired!
Nick Joly | Inspired by Nick
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