We all get there. Work becomes our life and our life becomes nonexistent. We are tired all the time and when we are not at work we don’t really want to do much more than Netflix on the couch all day. Are you with me? Here are a few tips that help me balance the work life delicate balance.
1. Set up boundaries. Your email has a preference for auto reply. You can set that up everyday when you leave the office and turn it off when you are back in the office. Let people and clients know when you are unavailable, but give them a time for which they can expect to hear from you. Your clients are not always working either.
2. When you are out of the office you our off work. Have those auto replies on? Good. Now relax and enjoy your time out of the office.
3. Make a running list for ideas when you are “off the clock.” Can’t turn your brain off? keeping a list of ideas to look back on when you are in the office will help you create a space where you can relax when you are out of the office and be productive when you are in.
4. Find a hobby. What have you always wanted to do? Catch up on that series? Read a new book? Go for a hike? Take your new found freedom from work to add in those things in life that you are also passionate about.
How do you feel now? Are you ready to relax outside of the office. Like anything, it will take time, but don’t let yourself feel guilty for that late Friday email to wait in your inbox until Monday morning. Auto reply remember. Share how you let yourself relax outside of work in the comments below.