Work & Life Balance

April 22, 2015

Today I’m linking up with The B Bar to share how I find balance between work and the rest of my life.

Finding a work and life balance

I need to preface this post with saying that I’m lucky. My job really doesn’t interfere too much with my social life. I have a normal 9-5 type of office job. I do work in consulting, so I often receive emails after hours, but unless there’s a huge issue, there isn’t the expectation that I’ll be working throughout the night.

These are some simple tips that work for me to create that balance and distinction between my work life and day life. I am not perfect and don’t follow these rules all of the time, but they help me keep some semblance of normalcy.

1 // Turn off automatic email notifications

The first thing I do in my iPhone settings is to change the email notifications to manual, not fetch or push. Outside of office hours, I check my work emails when I want to – not at all hours of the day and night. The last thing I need is the stress of an urgent 11PM email, when I can’t even give a good response to it until the morning when I’m back at the office.

2 // Set up your out of office reply

This is something I actually need to get better about. I’ll often not set my out-of-office reply email when I’m on vacation and instead just try and answer the important emails as they come in. Bad idea. I’m working on always setting my reply to better manage my clients’ and co-workers’ expectations. If I don’t give myself that break and let others know that I’m taking the break then I’m not fully enjoying my time off and my balance is missing.

3 // Take a coffee break

Even while I’m at the office I try and find moments to take a “brain break”. One of my favorite ways to avoid too much screen time is to take a short walk to go get a coffee. These walks give me the opportunity to call family or friends to catch up and get some fresh air. By the time I get back to the office I’m reinvigorated and ready to tackle my next project. The coffee also helps, of course.

4 // Exercise or Meditate

When things get a little too stressful at the office, and a coffee break just won’t do, I like to either stretch, have a quick work out, or meditate. Refocusing my energy helps calm me down if I’m stressed and often helps me look at my problem from a new perspective.

Need more tips? Can’t relate to my work environment? Well, check out all of the great blogs below for more practical tips on how to create a working balance between the office and home.

The B Bar // 26 and Not Counting //  Rae Loves // Sarah Hartley // Carrie Loves // The Not Quite Adult // White Cabana // PreppyPanache // LiskaMonet // Alyssa J Freitas // Rossetto // With Love From Ellie // Cake & Lilies // Feathers and Stripes // Leigh Clair // White Oak Creative // Life Modifier // Perfect Enough for Us // Random Little Faves // Jacque Of All Trades // Business Betties // Girl for Granted // Alicia Tenise // The Yuppie Flies // It’s Droolworthy // Something Good Blog // Elana Lyn // Forth Chicago // Emilie Lima Burke // Manifest Yourself // Fit for a Bride Blog // A Little Leopard // Coral and Cognacs // Little Wild Heart // It’s Julien // Boys and Bombshell // Meg Biram // Victoria McGinley

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  • Reply White Cabana April 22, 2015 at 11:26 am

    Email is a common one on a lot of posts today. Managing it takes real thought and energy.

  • Reply Vicky @ April 22, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    Great tips! I definitely have trained my team at work to know that I don't work after hours (unless there's an emergency of course!). While I could get a phone via work, I don't want one. I asked my boss if this was required years ago and he said not at all – a lot of people get one so work pays their bill. I'd rather pay my own bill and not have work emails on my phone! (plus, if work is paying for it, I'll feel more obligated to check in all the time outside of work hours). As for vacation…that is a definite no zone for me. I make it clear before I go that I will not have access to email while I am away. So far, it's never been an issue and I'm able to completely get away and recharge! 🙂

  • Reply Jenn April 22, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    I have really wanted to try meditation–I've heard such positive things, I just need to really find the time and commit to it!

  • Reply Alyssa J Freitas April 22, 2015 at 1:13 pm

    I really need to work on the meditation thing; sometimes I can feel my mind racing at a million miles a minute and just wish that I could clear it!

    Alyssa J Freitas

  • Reply BLovedBoston April 22, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    My husband is big into meditation and it's something I wish I did more of!! I need to be better about actually taking a lunch when I'm at work and not just eating at my desk! xo, Biana- BlovedBoston

  • Reply Christina Sotherden April 22, 2015 at 1:47 pm

    These are great! A workout can always help me clear my mind and clear out the stress!

  • Reply Lindsay Humes April 22, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    Meditation is such a good idea. I've been wanted to start, even if it is just for a few minutes in the morning or evening. I need some quite/unplug time!

  • Reply Christina April 22, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    taking breaks is so important. i tend to take too many bc i work from home…but that kills me bc sometimes i end up working “long” hours bc i've been doing my laundry, ha!

  • Reply Sara April 22, 2015 at 4:18 pm

    I do the brain breaks too and they're awesome! Just a short walk or stepping outside (especially now that the weather is nice) does wonders for my mood and I refuse to feel guilty for a ten minute break from work!

  • Reply Rachel @ Rae Loves April 22, 2015 at 7:57 pm

    I need to do #1 immediately! So distracting and I don't realize what I'm doing until the day is over and I've been looking at my phone off and on all day.

  • Reply Allison April 23, 2015 at 9:41 pm

    I have all of my notifications turned off- I'm pretty sure it's the one thing that keeps me sane!

  • Reply Cara Kuhl April 27, 2015 at 11:56 am

    I love this link-up! Each post shares great reminders of tips that we each have found to personally help. At the end of the day, finding “balance” is about finding a personal definition of balance and then employing the techniques to achieve it that work for you personally. I didn't actually participate in the link up, but liked the topic so much I'm sharing my thoughts today.

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