This could be a topic of debate. Really. I have had so much trouble managing my professional life and personal life, that it almost made me depressed! I am still trying to balance my work life with personal goings on, but I feel I am getting better at it every day.
I remember when I first started my career in retail, which is an industry where you need to be your best at all times, on your feet, and often working weekends. I loved my job because for me it was the first step towards entering the fashion industry, so you know how important it was for me to excel at it. That being said my job the priority in my life.
I wasn’t talking to my friends much, not cooking meals and just eating junk every day, taking extra shifts on my days offs and the list goes on and on. I was basically so much into my job that I didn’t realize I was missing out on the rest of my life.
I am proud that I am an excellent employee and a very good worker with a strong work ethic, but maybe I also need to have a better life outside the work place, because believe it or not, it does affect your overall performance.
So what did I do to attain the perfect work-life balance?
I made myself first. I made “me” my priority. I know we all have bills to pay. Taking extra shifts means more money. However, there is a huge difference between working more to be able to manage expenses better, and working more because you think you don’t have anything else to do. There is always something to do. Going out to the movies once a week, or even taking a walk in a park can help you lower your stress levels and connect more with yourself and your friends.
Now I have a full-time job and get the weekends off, so I make sure I work hard throughout the week, and on weekends, I dedicate the 48 hours I have only to me and my happiness.
My focus is mostly cutting down on stress and NOT talking about work. This doesn’t mean I would not cater to important work-related issues on weekends, but that’s rare, and not a problem since I love my job. But I make sure I am not stressing out on anything and keep telling myself that I deserve two days off from the world, to do whatever I want to do, and whatever makes me happy.
And on Monday, I am all set for the rest of the week, happy and content.