How To Maintain Work-Life Balance.
By Dee Green, Realtor.
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Can I be completely transparent with you and say that I have had my fair share of struggles around this subject? Work-life balance? Is there such a thing? Is it even possible to work from home? I had become so accustomed to spending all of my time at work throughout the day, I did not even realize I began to bring work home. The challenges, success, and even the gossip! Especially when the pandemic began, from the time I woke up, until the time I went to sleep, I was working. I had been so wrapped into my daily routine that I failed to take a step back and recalibrate myself when I clocked out at the end of the day; and if I am being truly transparent, I was okay with that. I started pushing off doing tasks like replying to emails, reading through files, creating schedules for my employees, and more.
One day, I found myself so frustrated with a situation from work, I realized I needed to stop carrying that energy with me while interacting with my family. As I got up from my desk, I started to think about what my conversation would sound like with my husband now. What we would talk about, and how I would deflect questions about work. It was then that I realized that we only talked about work because I was always working. This is when I began to reflect and see that every day, even before the pandemic, I would leave work physically, but still be invested in it mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. I realized it was time to make a change, and that I had to stop worrying about work whenever I was not in the office. “Work” and “life” are two different words, because they have two different roles in our worlds, and in order to keep them separate and find balance, we have to establish boundaries.
Here are the three things that worked for me to establish and maintain a healthy work-life balance:
1. Define my work hours.
When I started doing this, my calendar became my life. I began writing out my daily routine, and I made sure to separate my work from personal time. I blocked time out for each, and made sure each time block included many details about what should be done during that specific time. During my work blocks, I would make sure I was focused on what I needed to get accomplished. Unlike before, though, I started taking breaks out of my work day, and made sure I did something that I truly enjoyed, even if it was for a short amount of time.
The ability to decompress and take some time to remind yourself that you are “off the clock” is imperative when trying to maintain a healthy work-life balance. Now, when my work day ends, anything I have not yet finished, I leave alone and get back to it the next day. I also make sure not to start any new tasks until I am fully finished with all my previous tasks. Whenever I am not working in the office, I try to live in the moment and, like I have mentioned earlier, spend my time doing activities that I enjoy. Whether it is watching a movie with my family, or reading a book I bought years ago, I enjoy it to the fullest, and will not let my work interfere.
3. hold accountability
Before I started to balance my work-life schedule, I noticed I would sometimes make up excuses to not finish a certain task because I convinced myself I had something else more pressing occurring. It was at this point that I realized I need more will power and someone to hold me accountable to my goals. I decided to call my friend, and asked her if she could help stay true to my goals. Funnily enough, asking her to help me with this inspired her to hold herself accountable to her goals as well, because she also found herself straying away from important tasks she needed to get done. After a few weeks of this, I came to realize that I began to do exactly what I set out to do, and it started a domino effect in my life. I started reaching out to more people I trust to hold me accountable in different areas in my life and before I knew it, I was reaching every single one of my goals! This experience was so amazing and liberating to have.
So I say to you, find your work-life balance. Set goals, define your hours, decompress, and get some accountability! Work does not have to be your life, and your life does not have to be work! If you follow the tips I gave above, I believe you will find hat you have more opportunities in 24 hours than you thought was possible.
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