September 1, 2015
By: Libby Bradford, @libby_bradford
They say balance is key when it comes to all areas of life; I would argue it is easier said than done. Sure, we’d like to think we put forth equal energies into every aspect of our lives, but that’s simply not the case. In this day and age it’s easier to say yes than it is ot say no. Young adults are stressed with the daunting task of crafting a resume that is appealing to employers, thus leaving them overworked and exhausted. The ability to balance life and all of its challenges can be difficult, but it’s also very rewarding. The key to it all is taking everything one step at a time and not biting off more than you can chew. Here are some simple tips to balancing work and play.
- Keep personal life separate from work life. Work is a central part of everyday life. Whether it’s working in an office from eight to five or flipping burgers, a lot of our time and energy is focused into the work we do. With all of that time focused, we want to be proud of what we’re producing. Unfortunately, life outside of the office can slowly creep its way in. One tip of advice is to try and keep personal life separate from work life. Go into work everyday prepared, but leave the office satisfied. Don’t take the stress of work home with you, but also don’t lose inspiration. Sometimes brilliant ideas come at the most ordinary times. If an idea pops in your head while showering make a mental note to write it down when you’re done and return to it later.
- Organize your time. If you’re busier one day, then make time for social activities the next. Work hard, but play hard. Every day is going to be different so take it as it comes.
- Make your work count. Bounce ideas off your peers and be open to suggestions. Don’t let the critique of others get the best of you. Typically, your coworkers will have your best interest in mind. With that said, it’s important to make friends in the office. Develop a work family. The hours will go by faster and lunch breaks won’t be as lonely.
- Be present. Learn when to turn off your cellphone as the workday comes to a close. Make time for yourself. Pick up a yoga class to relieve stress, take your dog on a walk or try out that Pinterest recipe you keep telling friends about. Make time for those you care about and know they too are important to your overall happiness.
- Enjoy your work. Find something that matches your personality. If you want to jump out of bed on Mondays than you’ve find your match. Explain to others outside of the office what it is you do. Tell people why you love your work and maybe they too will become passionate about it. This will help them understand more about you as a person.
- It’s okay to say no. Decide what really matters to you and take on what you can with reason. This will leave you content rather than overwhelmed. Make a list of where to prioritize your time and rank them from most important to least. We can’t help others if we aren’t first helping ourselves.
With that said, nobody wants to be known as the workaholic. Be proud and passionate about your work of choice; take it all with stride. If you can do that, then everything else will fall into place. Confucius once said, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” These are wise words to live by.