I’ve been back to working a full-time job for less than 3 months and I’ll be honest: I’m really struggling with my work-life balance. Don’t get me wrong. I’m happy to be back in an office environment. I enjoy what I do and I love having somewhere to be everyday. I also love having a reason to get dressed and wear makeup everyday. Most of all though, I’m really digging the whole ‘steady paycheque’ thing!
Work-life balance has always been important to me, but sometimes, it feels like other people who share that sentiment are few and far between. For instance, today I sat in on a motivational talk, from a woman who’s worked her way up the corporate ladder. Someone asked her what her typical workday looks like and she said she likes to get into the office for around 7:00am…and she “tries” to get out by 5:30-6:00pm. Umm….whaaaat?!
I couldn’t have been the only one who thought that sounded totally excessive! Since when is an 11-hour workday “normal?”
The last I heard, it’s not healthy to work that much on a regular basis, but so many of us do. We all need to have interests, hobbies and relationships outside of work. We also need to take time for ourselves – to work out, go shopping, watch Netflix, etc.
I make a conscious effort to take time for myself during lunch and I almost never take the full hour. Nobody does! In fact, I’ve never worked with people who regularly took a one-hour lunch break. Is that even a thing anymore? As far as I’m concerned, the concept of the “lunch hour” is really just a myth.
Despite not taking a ton of time for myself during the day, I try to get out of the office at 5:00. Sometimes, I feel like I get a bit of judgement about that, but I schedule a lot of my other commitments in advance. If I didn’t, I’m sure I’d give in and stay at work late more often.
So, how do you manage that struggle to find a work-life balance? You need to know how to prioritize. You also need to accept the fact that there’s no “quick fix.” Striking a work-life balance is an on-going journey. It’s impossible to give 100% to everyone and everything all of the time. It’s a matter of knowing when and how to prioritize your time.
If you’re struggling with striking a work-life balance, just know that you’re not alone!
Sometimes, when I’m feeling stressed, I like to treat myself. Don’t you? 🙂
Well, guess what!! There’s a big Shopbop sale happening now, so no time like the present to treat yo’ self!
Shopbop is running one of their infamous ‘buy more, save more’ events and as always, I have quite a long list of items in my shopping cart right now. From now until Sunday, with the code MORE17, you can save up to 30% off your entire purchase. They’re selling out quickly, so if you snooze, you lose!
Below are some of my picks:
How do you maintain a work-life balance? Is this something you struggle with too?