I've always worn many different hats. Student, freelancer, intern, Asst. Director of Communications, writer, editor, girlfriend, daughter, sibling, friend and more. It's hard to determine where one role ends and another begins. Recently, The Well initiated a blog link-up about balance. They asked: How do you create a work/life balance? As a chronic over-achiever, this is a topic I can discuss tirelessly. Here, I have four easy tips to help you change your mindset and achieve a successful work/life balance.
1) Keep separate lists
I'm known to have a few different lists going at the same time. Work, future projects, personal, social, home and more. Those lists keep me organized and on time, but they can also be overwhelming. I keep separate lists and planners. One stays at work, and one travels with me. I put important dates in both, but I leave my work at work.
2) Commit to a schedule
Between working a full-time job, maintaining a household, blogging, engaging on social media, freelance work, and spending time with my loved-ones, there is rarely time to eat or sleep. With this, it's integral to carve out a schedule and commit to it. Monday mornings, I know I'm at the gym. Wednesday evenings, I know I'm going grocery shopping. Saturdays before 10:30 AM, I know I'm staying in bed. Take the time to find a schedule that works for you, and try your best to stick to it.
3) Draw the line
It's important to decide what work is acceptable and what isn't. Is it okay to respond to a company tweet on your day off? Are you allowed to answer e-mails? Look at your lifestyle and decide for yourself what work you feel comfortable bringing home. Personally, I read all of my work e-mails when they come in, but only allow myself to respond if it's urgent.
4) Let go of the guilt
If I'm not working, I feel guilty. Every break I have I wonder what I could be doing to make my dreams come true. It took me years to realize spreading myself too thin will eventually stop me from getting anything accomplished. Give yourself time off, take a break, and don't feel bad when you do.