Finding work/life balance in this day and age can be difficult. We may be driven by making more and more money without consciously realizing that it costs you more time. Time is something that’s value is beyond all the gold in the world. When you are on the journey of making your mark in the world you often forget that relationships are the true treasure that pay the highest return.
Here are three tips to help you find the balance in your life.
The first piece of advice I have to give you is to take your work email off of your phone. This is where I have been the guiltiest of a lack of balance and poor boundaries. Work needs to stay at work and having your work email on your phone means you are taking it with you wherever you go. You find yourself checking and replying to work emails while eating dinner with your family or laying in bed. One of the most mindful pieces of advice I can give you is to be present in every moment, and working when you aren’t at work goes against that mentality. True work/life balance comes from experiencing both things wholly – working passionately, and living passionately, and you can’t truly experience your downtime when your brain is flooded with thoughts of work.
Enjoy Every Moment
Speaking of working and living passionately, in order to establish balance, you need to feel the same level of satisfaction from both sides. Do whatever you can to experience, find joy with, and be passionate about your work, and your life outside of work. Give every moment your undivided attention and be thankful for it. And if you can’t find those feelings, make a change. Explore a new career path or go on an adventure. Whatever you do to ensure the work/life balance, make sure you are balancing two things that bring you great happiness.
For every moment of hard work, you put in, for every adventure you embark on, make sure that you also set aside time to do absolutely nothing. You are completely valid in your existence, and you are completely okay to simply exist. The world is asking something of you in all moments of the day, but that doesn’t mean you owe it to anyone to constantly give. In fact, you owe it to yourself to honor yourself as you are on the most basic level. Schedule time to do absolutely nothing. You don’t have to do anything during this time. You can meditate or watch TV or simply sit. Stand. Lay down. The point is to detach from the responsibility you have to the world around you and allow yourself to simply be, outside of your obligations and responsibilities.
Balance is something that so many fail to find throughout their lives. If we only get one chance to live this life, we should live it fully, and find joy as often as we can, having a sense of fullness at the end of each day. It is important to do what we can to find that balance in our lives.