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.
-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.