22 March 2017

Workin' It! Work/Life Balance

Hello!  And we're already at Wednesday.  Is this week flying by for you?  It sure is for me.  We are halfway to the weekend folks!  It is time for Workin' It Wednesday!  This month's topic is work/life balance.  I don't know about you all, but I struggle in this area sometimes.  I have multiple balls in the air and sometimes it's hard to stay present in the moment when so much is going on.  I know you're question already - how do you do it?

1.  I work out in the morning.  If I happen to have extra time at the end of the day, I'll take a walk, but my full on work out happens at 5am.  There are too many opportunities for it not to happen if I don't do it then.  I also like working out in the morning because it gets it done and it's a good way for me to start the day with a clear mind.

2.  I try to leave home stuff at home and work stuff at work.  It's hard.  Sometimes there is cross over.  Especially when planning a wedding.  Do these vendors not understand that brides can have full time jobs?  If I had a nickel for every time someone said they were available from 2-4 M, W, and F I'd have the wedding all paid for.  So yes, there are times when I have to do personal things at work and there are times when I have to do work things at home.  I try to keep them as separate as possible though.

3.  Spend time with family.  I met up with my cousin and her kids over Spring Break to see Beauty and the Beast (go see it!!!).  I try to spend time with them as often as I can, but it never seems often enough.  Having lived all over, it is a luxury to have family this close.  Making time for them keeps me grounded.

With all of the technology available it would be very easy to work from home on the weekends.  I do that rarely.  Weekends are time for me to recharge.  I still facetime with this little miss almost every Sunday.  I could just as easily spend that time catching up on emails or paperwork.  I don't.

4.  Put in 100% while you are there.  I get to work a little before 8 and leave at 5.  I cram as much as I can into that timeframe and be as productive as possible.  And then there are days that require 150%, such as Commencement.  Loving what you do helps in this area.  I give it my all and then some when it's called for.  Doing that means I don't feel guilty for not working from home.  And don't get me wrong, it's never been an expectation from my boss that I do, but I could easily get swept up in a culture of busy-ness and I refuse to do it.

5.  Quality time with Phillip.  If we're watching something random on tv, yes I will scroll through Instagram or Facebook.  However, if we are out on date night, at a Mavericks game, or just eating dinner at home, we stay off the phone and concentrate on each other.  There are times on the weekend when he has work to do and I take that opportunity to blog, do homework, or bake, so that when we're sitting down to dinner to watch Game of Thrones, we are 100% in the moment.

6.  End the day with a clear mind.  This was a goal of mine for 2017 to read more.  And it's working.  I think I've read more books so far in 2017 than I did in all of 2016.  Yay!  And I do it at night.  I take 20-30 minutes before bed and read.  It helps clear my mind and I am chipping away at my goal of 50 books this year.  This allows me to not go to bed with all of the work things running through my head. 

That's how I try to manage work/life balance.  What works for you?  Sound off in the comments!

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