Balancing your career and personal life has always been a burning topic for discussion. And in the current scenario, when people for the last one year have been adapting to the new norm of working from home, this talk has got a completely new dimension.
To lead a modern life, it is absolutely necessary that you pay attention to your career. You need to be in a place where there is substantial growth that aids your finances and gives you satisfaction for fulfilling your ambition. At the same time, your personal life is also important too. You need to have space for slowing down, peace, and calmness in your life, the time that you can use solely for your happiness.
For those who have successfully handled work and career while balancing their personal life, this time is difficult too. The blurring boundaries, the pressure of uncertainty of life, and the demand for work, everything are making it quite difficult to manage. So, if you are thinking that you are the only one looking for ways to balance your career and life, then you are not the only one. There are many who are already looking for the same ideas. Here, I am going to share the ideas that have helped me and many of my clients in life. Take a look.
Play Your Strength
You cannot be everything to everyone whenever they need you. Yes, there will be expectations from everyone in your life. Your boss will expect you to give 100% every day at work if not more. Your colleagues will feel even virtually, you will be there for them. Your family members will always expect more time from you. Your spouse or child might want more of your love. Your finance will need more attention. Your body will need rest and your mind will need peace. Now, you have to prioritize what you can do. You don’t need to be everything always. You can take a break, set boundaries, and say no. You can pick your fights depending on your strength. So do that first.
Don’t Compete Always
Having a competitive nature is a good thing in life. This ensures that you stay ahead in your life and perform better in every aspect. But having that mindset always is not healthy as you will not get the break you deserve. There will be someone always who will earn more than you, someone who will be more successful even if they are younger than you. You don’t need to beat them always. Just know that you are at the right place in your life where you should be. Working on weekends or compromising on your health or mind won’t take you anywhere better.
Stick to Working Hours
There is a reason why the working hours are scheduled from 9 to 5. The rest of the time in a day, your body and mind need your undivided attention. The rest of the day belongs to you. You should be choosing how you are going to spend that time so that you can actually benefit from that. So, don’t occupy your whole day with work. Stick to timing and then log off. Take some free time. Do yoga. Listen to relaxing music. Read books, fiction or self-help, anything that feels good. You deserve peace. And constant ping of work email won’t give you that.
Take a Break
There is nothing wrong with taking a break. Think about your body and mind as a battery-operated device. When you are overworked, your body and mind become drained. And for that, you need to get some energy back. To restore that energy, take a break. Maybe more than just a few hours. Go for a trip, even better, a solo trip. Go close to nature. Become awed at how beautiful the world is. Tick off the places from your bucket list. Don’t wait for this till the time you retire. You don’t know what will happen to you tomorrow. Hence, live today. You deserve this.
There is a reason why Buddhist monks and Asian meditation gurus advocate practicing mindfulness. We are living in a fast-paced society that is obsessed with negative information that gets induced in our brain every moment. Media, news, and social media are a prime player for that. Hence, it is obvious that your mind will be plagued with negative believes and thoughts. That is why you need to practice mindfulness. Become observant of your thoughts. Don’t engage with negative thoughts. Practice positive self-talk. What you are telling your mind about you matters the most.
If you keep your anger, frustration, anxiety, and impatience away, you will realize that you have a lot of things in life to be grateful for. If you are frustrated about life thinking it is not as thriving as you would have wanted it to be, know that you are taken care of by the universal power. Your life is going way better than it could have been. Maybe your miracles are just around the corner. Thank the universe even before you receive what you have asked for. Gratitude releases amazing positive energy which attracts more positive results in your life.
Find some time in a day for meditation. Unlike what you think of meditation, it can be a relatively simple process. You don’t need to meditate for hours and focus on something while your mind is all clamored with conflicting thoughts. Even fifteen minutes of meditation will do. If you are having difficulty focusing, you can find hundreds of guided mediation that can help you stay focused for a long time. While meditating, concentrate on positivity.
Your goal in life should not be revolving only around your work. Your work is just a part of your life and so is your family and their demands. Everything should be revolving around you. Take the power back with your mind and there will be no stopping.