Reminder: Maintaining a Good Life/Work Balance


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Every minute is precious, as we discussed Monday. Most of us don’t ever feel like we have enough time and work longer and longer hours to get all our jobs done.

I don’t want to sound like a hypocrite because I am definitely a workaholic but I think we should always remember that if we don’t maintain a good life/work balance there’s a real threat of burn out.

Burn out will not only cause emotional and physical stress, but will affect everything you do–your tasks at work and your tasks at home. Like we mentioned last week about not being able to be everything to everyone, I think we must remember that we can’t be perfect in all aspects of our life. The best we can always do is try.

It always amazes me when I hear these stories about incredible women who put in 10-12 hours in the office and then come home and cook meals and take care of their children. I always wonder how they do it.

I’m not saying that when a job is important you can’t step up and do what needs to be done to accomplish the task (the show ALWAYS has to go on), but I do want to put this gentle reminder out there that you must also think of your personal self and make sure you take time out to refresh.

Trust me, you won’t be good to anyone, including yourself, if you push too hard and end up over-stressed and burnt out.

I think this is an especially poignant reminder to all my colleagues out there who run their own businesses as well. When first starting out, especially when you’re working out of your home, it’s too easy to blur those lines between life and work.

I’d love to hear about any tips you have, especially those who work from home, to help you maintain a good life/work balance.

For me, I try to have “art escape” days where I take time out to explore a new museum or gallery show. Or, even going to a movie is great because you can immerse yourself into a new world and experience. The benefit is that when I take the time to step away from work, I always come back to it refreshed and inspired to do more.