Manage Your Life

We’ve talked about almost every aspect of work on this blog — how to network, how to get along with coworkers, how to get through the hard days on the job, and how to be top-tier professionals.

And all of those are crucial lessons that will help us achieve the career we’ve always dreamed of. Yet as important as our careers are, they will only take up (supposedly) 40 hours a week.  Taking the time to step back and unplug from your job will help keep your dream job from turning into a nightmare.

As an intern/student, it’s easy to let work consume our lives and thoughts, especially as we try to prove our commitment and work ethic to supervisors. Once hired, promotions and raises will motivate us even more to put in extra time. But not taking a break can lower your energy, focus, and passion for whatever you’re working on. However, being happy can improve your job performance.

An article in The Muse lists 37 tips for balancing work and personal life that can be summarized in a few main points:

-Manage your time: know how to be efficient in your work, and plan ahead to make sure there’s free time in your schedule. Take a moment to prioritize what is really important in your life.happypeople

-Take time for you: Take advantage of a break in your schedule and get things done that make you happy or healthy.  Sometimes doing that half hour workout before starting on your work for the evening means it will actually get done.

-Have a social life and enjoy time off: hang out with friends, family, and significant other. Go places. Try new restaurants. Get a group of friends together. If you have you time off, make the most of it!

Balancing your work and personal life will improve both parts of your life. It will also make all your hard work on the job that much more meaningful.

Joanna Evoniuk

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6 Responses to Manage Your Life

  1. feeneyy says:

    Thank you for this post. I am one who has always let work consume my life. I do love working (straggly enough), but sometimes it is good to be reminded that work is not everything. I loved the article you included.

  2. Kathy Kwong says:

    Good point! I agree that stepping back from the daily monotony of work is a healthy habit of life. i have the worst prioritizing issues of anyone i know. Taking time to unwind after the before and after the panic of meeting deadlines is healthy for the body and mind. There are tons of positive reinforcement articles on balancing work and life, but putting it to use is truly what will balance our crazy, hectic work lives, especially when it entails, internships, classes, quizzes, tests, term papers and those never ending deadlines. Thanks for the pointer. Hopefully I don’t put this one on the back burner.

  3. This is a great reminder. It’s so easy to get caught up in life and forget to relax and just be happy. It makes sense that happiness is connected to success and not just in relation to work. Happiness means more energy and positive thoughts. It’s so hard to take a step back, but we have to keep reminding ourselves to just take a break!

  4. pcriscola says:

    This is great! I think we forget to take care of ourselves when we are wrapped up in work! If we aren’t happy and healthy we aren’t going to be successful and the work we produce will show that! The points you chose were also good tips to remember, they seem like something that should be second nature, but are sometimes the hardest to actually accomplish and remember to do!

  5. madelinestone says:

    Easier said than done! Working as intern and looking for jobs is stressful, not always but can be. I find that I have way too much free time but not many people to spend it with. Its like taking a sick day (when you really aren’t that sick) and because everyone else is working or at school you really don’t have much to do. That’s how I feel about this odd time between full time school and full time work. So Joanna, your point is probably even more relevant. Make a schedule to divide personal time and work time even when you don’t have formal tasks to complete. That means its back to goal setting! Thanks for the kick in the butt.

  6. I’m so glad you chose to write about this topic. This has been something I have been trying to figure out a lot lately. It is so important. You are such a better employee when you are happy and lead a well balanced life. I think this is an especially hard transition to make after you graduate. Thank you for your thoughts and tips here.

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