Having been in my current role for almost three years now, I feel like I know a thing or two about keeping a work life balance. As much as I appreciate my career and the opportunities it has brought from both a personal and professional perspective, I will never be one of those people who lives to work. For me, it’s all about working to live.
The things I do to make sure I keep my work life balance…
Regardless of when I leave the office, I leave it until I return the following day.
I am pretty flexible in my working life. However, even if I’ve had to stay an extra half hour to complete an urgent piece of client work, once I leave for the day, that’s it. Unless the world is exploding or out of hours work has been agreed prior, the only response you’ll get from me is ‘the office opens at 9am’. Your evening is yours. If your hours are 9-5.30pm, those are your hours.
Be realistic about what I can get done within my working day.
If I have back to back meetings one day, I tell my line manager that it’s not feasible to get x, y, z task done, unless I can rearrange a meeting or have someone attend in my place. It’s okay to be honest about what is possible and to say no when things aren’t going to happen. This also makes life easier when it comes to managing expectations of clients and colleagues – and should make your work life much more organised and less stressful.
Take my lunch break.
My lunch break is my time to switch off for an entire hour, scroll through insta, throw out some tweets and just generally enjoy some time to myself. As an individual, I’m not overly sociable, but work with a big team all day, so I like to step out of the office for a walk and some me time before switching back on again for the afternoon when I get back to my desk.
Enjoy my commute (as much as possible) and do my best not to think about work until I’m at my desk.
I drive an hour to work and an hour back from work each day (on a good day) so it can feel like a bit of a chore. Despite being stuck in a car, it is still my ‘free time’ and as such, I make sure that thoughts about work are put to the back of my mind until I walk through the office door. I put on my Spotify playlist and sing at the top of my lungs to make sure I’m in the best mood possible and more often than not, to wake myself up because night owl probs.
What are your tips for keeping a work life balance?