How Do You Juggle Work With Your Other Activities?
When you love what you do, it's easy to overlook the concept of work-life balance.
No matter how meaningful and personally fulfilling your job may be, "living to work another day" is not a school of thought that anyone should live by. After all, there really isn't such a thing as "work-life balance," because life isn't for making business plans or closing deals all the time, but for the awesome moments with family, friends, and enriching experiences that aren't limited to the office.
Disconnect and Disengage
Okay, so you do set aside some time for yourself every day. You leave the office at reasonable hours to catch up on Mr. Robot or the latest Gilas game and even manage to sneak in a few hours at the gym weekly. That's proof that you've got this work-life balance thing down, right?
Despite being physically out of the office and engaging in other activities that you enjoy, you might still be overworking yourself without even knowing it. And your Outlook or any other e-mail client is to blame.
You may argue that you strictly limit your after-office inbox check to an hour every night, but according to a joint study from Lehigh University, Virginia Tech, and Colorado State University, the negative effects of your off-hours email habit come into play even before you open anything up.
The anticipatory stress that comes with checking emails after regular work hours renders you "unable to detach [from your office mindset] and [leaves you feeling] exhausted regardless of the time spent on after-hours emails," write the study authors.
Your move: Set up a total email ban once you step out of the office every day. If your line of work can't afford you that luxury, try implementing it at least once or twice every week. Bring up this personal policy with your manager beforehand, and we're sure you could come to a good compromise.
Apart from "strategically" checking your email, try to divide your tasks in a day so that you don't tire yourself too easily. Give yourself mini-breaks when you need it. Make sure you take care of yourself even after a long day at work-treat yourself to your favorite meal, catch an episode of your current favorite series, and commit to a daily face regimen to clear your mind (so that you'd look and feel refreshed even after a tiring day!).
Keep Your Weekends Sacred
Weekends call for a special kind of detoxing. It's a time for you to clear out your head and get your ducks in a row. Besides stopping yourself from your email inbox every so often, shut down all work-related thoughts-especially the really problematic ones.
Take this time to think about your plans for other aspects of your life. Accomplish the things that you've been putting off for the longest time, like visiting your physician for your annual check-up, trying out a new hobby, or trying out a new sport like you promised yourself a year or so ago.
Doing these things will help you recover from the tolls of your Monday to Friday job. Through these activities, there are lesser chances of you suffering from chronic stress, low levels of overall satisfaction, and decreased productivity, to name a few.
Reconnect and Rediscover
Don't forget about spending quality time with old friends and family. Remember that it's important to build relationships outside of the workplace too, so even though you get along really well with your officemates, you shouldn't neglect the people from your life who knew you even before you got your dream job. Make sure you set aside some days to hang out and catch up with these people (and talk about topics that aren't work-related!) for a much-needed reset from your daily corporate grind.