By: Kaylin Meyer
Finding the perfect work-life balance has never been a “one size fits all” ideal. Due to a little thing we like to call individuality, the answer will always vary because of our contrasting perspectives.
Most recently, I word vomited to one of my friends, “I didn’t even have a chance to go hiking this summer because truthfully, work came before the mountains this year.” After the realization, I was aghast at the words coming out of my mouth.
I love my job and that’s why I chose it before anything else, which is totally acceptable. But, for me, work isn’t the sole purpose of my life. That being said, managing a definitive work-life balance can be quite the struggle, especially if you genuinely don’t know how.
Here are some essential work-life balance tips to help you avoid burnout:
Make Time for Yourself Every Day
As always, love and be kind to yourself. You are the controller of your own life, so you have to do what makes you happy. Give yourself one hour in the evening, every evening, to simply do you.
Read a book, ride your bike, go for a walk, listen to music, start an art project, sit outside in silence, journal, go on a date with yourself, rearrange a room in your house – do anything. Just do it and do it for the sake of happiness.
Where Are You Going?
Your life will go in the direction in which you choose to focus your energy. Acknowledge who you are and what you want out of life. If you want to work your way through life, then by all means let that be where you focus your efforts. But if you want to work hard and play harder, that’s also a widely accepted work-life balance.
Time is of the Essence
Time is the hottest commodity around and as far as I’m concerned, it’s the most valuable, finite resource we have. Maybe it’s time to implement some more structure, even if it means planning out every hour of the day to accomplish your goals. What is stopping you?
Give Your Phone a Rest
Put your phone on airplane mode and enjoy cruising your way through the day without any disruptions. In our technology infested world, we have become utterly dependent on our smartphones and when you give your phone a few hours — or even a whole day — off, you’ll allow yourself to just “be” and enjoy the time you have. Even if the feeling is only momentarily, it is still far worth the attempt.
Take a Day Off Every Now and Then
I know for the freelancers in the world, it sure is easy to find yourself working every single day. While it’s important to progress and accomplish your goals at work, if you want to achieve the perfect work life balance, it is important to give yourself a much needed (and well deserved) day off.
I hereby grant you a day to do anything you want or do absolutely nothing at all!
Choosing yourself is essentially the principal aspect when striving to achieve a work-life balance. When you choose yourself, you will always live a happy life of fruitful abundance. If you believe it, you can achieve it.
The day I realized my summer had lacked a mountain adventure, I put out into the world that I must go to the mountains, effective immediately (though not having a car is quite a limiting factor). But once I made the decision, the universe conspired to make it happen. On that very same day, I suddenly, blissfully found myself at an elevation of 8500 feet. Moral to this story: if you think it, you can achieve it.
Dream big and put yourself first. A perfect way to start is by taking an impromptu fall trip to a place you’ve never been. And when you book through DubLi’s travel portal, you get Cashback on your entire itinerary.