How to Find a Work / Life Balance

Work / Life Balance

Finding a work / life balance can seem impossible sometimes. Here are some tips to make it easier to find a balance.

Sometimes PR feels like a 24/7 job. I’m a social media manager so I am checking clients’ accounts fairly often to ensure everything is running smoothly. Between full-time school, work and volunteer activities, I find it hard to know when to unplug. If you’re struggling like me, here are some tips for working towards a better work / life balance.

 

Take a real lunch break

Spend time AWAY from your desk. I know it’s very tempting to eat your sandwich while scrolling on your computer but try to avoid it. Not only is it important to make sure that you are actually eating, but it gives your brain some time to breathe and regroup for the rest of the afternoon.

Turn off unnecessary phone notifications

My theory: the less my phone goes off, the less I check it. This way I know that if my phone does alert me, it’s for something important.

Go to the gym

It’s a good excuse to not think about work/school and it gets you moving after spending a lot of time sitting at your desk. I use my gym time to listen to music or catch up on a tv show, guilt-free.

Prioritize

Prioritize what is important and needs to be done today, so you don’t have to work from home in the evenings or worry about what needs to be done. If you are new to a job, prioritizing will become easier as you spend more time in your role.

Don’t check emails/ accounts in the evening

…or designate a time in the evening when you will check your work messages. If you are someone who needs to make sure that everything is in order for the next day, try taking pen to paper and making a list.

 

Taking care of yourself will benefit you and your job. What are your strategies for maintaining a work/life balance? I’d love some tips 🙂

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2 Comments

  1. April 14, 2016 / 12:36 am

    Use a planner–always! Whether it’s your phone or a physical planner. You can schedule out your breaks and times for getting work done.

    • April 14, 2016 / 12:37 am

      That’s a really good tip! I forgot about that one.