Feeling overwhelmed in your daily work-life balance? If the stress of managing your professional life is interfering with the joy in your personal life. then it may be time for a reset. It’s important for your overall health and well-being to ensure that you don’t miss out on your time with loved ones while you are busy scaling the corporate ladder.
The following are a few practical pathways to be professionally successful without sacrificing your personal/family life.
- Prioritize Yourself
When it comes to both your career and personal life, your overall physical, emotional and mental health should be your first priority. Not only will prioritizing your health make you a better person, but also a more productive employee or executive. You do not have to partake in radical changes to put your health and wellness first. It can be as simple as making time for daily meditation or exercise, or partaking in a favorite hobby.
- Narrow Your Focus–Choose the Right Corporate Ladder to Climb
We all want to grow career wise, but going in too many directions can hurt those ambitions. Don’t strive for the perfect schedule; strive for a realistic one. Instead of spreading yourself too thin, identify one or two areas that you wish to excel at as you continue with your professional development. It’s important to remain fluid and adjust your goals by constantly reassessing where you are at the moment. Creating flexibility in your professional life will allow for more time and energy to enjoy in your personal life.
- Stay on Top of Your Schedule
In order to stay healthy and energized, we need variety in all aspects of our life including how we spend our time. Pay attention to when you are most productive at both work and home, and set a schedule according to that productivity. Implement time-management strategies, utilize a to-do list, and cut out tasks that do not mentally serve you. Mindfulness makes it easier to spot the imbalances in your life and take note of a need you may be suppressing. Practicing mindfulness techniques, like meditation or breathing exercises, or even a 10 minute walk in nature, can help you become more aware of the emotional and physical needs of your body. Implementing these techniques and structuring your day accordingly can increase your productivity at work and result in more free time outside of work.
- Set Controls to Protect Your Mental Health and Personal Time
To avoid burnout and protect your mental health, creating a clear separation between work and personal time is essential. Cutting ties with the outside world from time to time allows us to recover from weekly stress, giving space for new thoughts and ideas to emerge. Unplugging can be as simple as practicing meditation on your daily commute, instead of checking work emails. Taking a vacation is nice but not often realistic, so “mental” vacations are the quickest way to avoid burnout. Taking the time to unwind in your daily life is critical to success in both your personal and professional life.
- Assess Your Career Goals
Work does not have to be the end-all, be-all. If you’re feeling a yearning for balance, perhaps it’s time to reconsider your career goals. If work feels completely unrelated to the activities that peak your interests, energy, and sense of purpose, you may want to look at how you can change the work you do or the way that you’re doing it. While it’s impossible for work to satisfy all of your needs, it should provide meaning, a sense of accomplishment, and social/personal connection.
It’s possible to maintain upward career mobility while protecting your personal or family life. Be the captain of your ship, and prioritize both your career goals and mental health. To get started on a holistic wellness program that incorporates physical, mental, and spiritual elements, contact us today at Genesis Performance. We can help you reach and maintain the optimal health and vitality levels you’ve always desired!