- Understand that work-life balance is created, not found. People talk a lot about finding work-life balance, but that will never happen. It will not fall from the sky and land in between your eyes like a drop of rain. You must consciously and actively create balance in your life. It’s your responsibility to make sure that you have balance in your life, not your employer’s responsibility. Ultimately, this is a good thing because it puts the power in your hands to change the situation.
- Set boundaries and respect them. And I’m not just talking about other people respecting your boundaries. I’m talking about YOU respecting your boundaries. When you respect your boundaries, other people will automatically. For example, if your boss or co-workers email you on the weekend, do you reply? If you do, you are teaching them that emailing you on the weekends is okay and that you’ll respond.If you ignore their emails and reply on Monday, eventually they will stop.
- Don’t take anything personally. So your boss comes up to you and says, “I need that report immediately. Do you have it done yet?” You interpret this as: my boss is a jerk and doesn’t like me. Well, maybe that’s true, but maybe it’s not. Let’s not jump to conclusions. Maybe they are simply under stress of their own and aren’t managing it very well. Maybe they have pressure, and deadlines, and obligations and they feel bad that they are behind in their own work and so they take it out on other people.
- Have a creative outlet. Everyone needs an enjoyable, creative outlet. Do you like to paint? Or write? Or maybe you play a sport or read books or volunteer. It doesn’t matter what it is. Have something joyful and meaningful that you do in your free time. Or, it can be completely mindless like watching TV. This is very necessary. If you don't feel that you have any free time at all, then you need to take a hard look at your schedule and your situation and figure out what you can eliminate.
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