How I Achieve Work/Life Balance

I’m super excited to share this post with ya’ll for a few reasons today. (1) Work/life balance is SO important. + (2) I’m linking up with one of my favorite IRL blogging friends, Victoria, from The B Bar.

How I Achieve Work Life Balance

First + foremost – let me just preface this post by saying that this is what works for me. I was contemplating writing a post on “how to achieve work/life balance”, but I feel like the definition of it varies for everyone. How I feel balanced may actually feel like chaos for you, and visa versa. But all of that is okay – I’ve personally set a 6 rules for myself to ensure that I have some level of work/life balance in my life everyday.

1. One free weekday evening and one free weekend day. This rule ensures that I have time to recoup and relax in my space. I love spending time doing a whole bunch of nothing in my Harlem studio apartment. During this time, I try my best to stay off of my computer, unless I am journalling, and zone out with a good cup of tea… and occasionally some takeout. I read, I nap, I watch movies or catch up on TV shows that I missed, and I just enjoy the time to myself. 

Sure, sometimes I bring out the bleach and start giving my space a deep cleaning, but I kind of like the feeling of relaxing in your space after you’ve cleaned everything and feel like there is nothing else to do. 

2. Limit cell phone use from 10pm – 7:30am. This is a hard one, but it makes me feel SO good to be disconnected from everyone and everything. I have a few numbers that are set as “priority” so I will receive an alert if those folks call – but everyone else goes unanswered until the morning commute to work. 

I do find myself grabbing my phone to check when I’m still up past my bedtime, but because I have this rule, it makes me much more conscious and I tend to feel a bit guilty. 

3. Turn off all social media notifications. Being a blogger can make you a slave to social media. Seriously?! If I kept all of my alerts on, I would always be distracted and feel like I need to be tweeting, hash-tagging, chatting, liking, or snapping something. Sure, I enjoy it somedays, but that forces me to take in and expend a bunch of energy outward. Sometimes, I need to be able to think and concentrate on a task without having a notification disrupt my thoughts. 

I especially love that my phone, the LG G3, only has a little light that flashes for notifications vs having the entire screen flash. Therefore, if I am not looking at my phone, then I won’t see anything. Hell, I even put it face down on my desk at work so I can concentrate.

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4. In reference to my 9-5… work happens at work, not at home. I know some people may not have this luxury, but when I leave the office. I leave the office. Do not call me unless it’s an emergency, delayed opening, snow day, or something like that. 99.999999% of everything can be done between the hours of 9am-5pm. While I sync my calendar to my phone so I can see what I have planned, I turned off notifications for my work email. I would delete it all together since my job doesn’t pay for my phone, but it’s easier to send an email out when I have to call in sick, and I hate having to do the whole verification process every time I delete it or get a new phone.

Additionally, I believe that this sets expectations for my clients and coworkers. If I am sending out emails on Saturdays and after 5pm on a regular basis, people start to expect it! My clients and coworkers know, when I’m off, I’m off. If you need me, you need to text me or call – and it should be an emergency. 

5. In reference to blogging + coaching. Since I’m still working a 9-5 job, I try my best to batch my schedule so I can have time away from blogging and coaching clients. I take client coaching calls on 2-3 nights per week, and the other 2-3 days I work on developing more content. I also bring my iPad to work so I can type out blog posts on my lunch break and keep a running list of ideas in case I have writer’s block. 

I also give myself a break when needed. I used to struggle and beat myself up when I missed a day of blogging, but not I try not to sweat it. Sure, if it’s paid work… I’ve got to get it done someway, somehow. But for everything else, I try to take my time and plan ahead. I also LOVE the EPIC BLOG: One-Year Editorial Planner – planning ahead gives me time to prepare and enjoy blogging a bit more. 

6. I give myself permission to have fun and let anything go that doesn’t feel good. Sometimes you have to let go of what stresses you out to achieve balance {and sanity!}. This could be relationships, work commitments, meetings, projects – anything extra that is stressing me out can go/be postponed, ect. The key here is extra though – cause if I let it all go, I’ll be homeless. lol

HOW DO YOU ACHIEVE WORK/LIFE BALANCE?

And here are the other peeps in the link up!

The B Bar // 26 and Not Counting // Rae Loves // Sarah Hartley // Carrie Loves // Soak and Simmer // 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 // 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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  2. Turning notifications off was a game changer for me! And I definitely lay my phone face first when at my desk so I’m not distracted by texts 🙂 Yes, yes, yes to letting things go that don’t feel good! Life is way too short to be fill your time with these types of things (and sometimes people).

  3. Hi Kimberly, What fantastic advice! A healthy work/life balance is hard to juggle and you’ve provided some wonderful tips that many of us can relate to. We’ll happily share them with our community!

  4. worklife balance for me varies from week to week. I have so much work to do in that area. one thing I have been trying to do is going to bed early. I notoriously go to bed really late and it effects my overall energy so I pick a few nights to try and go to be early. I have also been incorporating stress management tactics at work to help manage my work craziness. i definitely need to get better about disconnecting on social media and my phone at night.
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    • Don’t we all – it’s so easy to get sucked in and before you know it, you’re working in bed instead of reading and decompressing. SMH – it’s a slippery slope. Some days I wish I had the old Nokia phone. lol

  5. I became aware of the overuse of my cell phone. Since over a year ago I learned to put it face down so I don’t see the blinking light from notifications. Now I just need set a time to get off of it at night! Thanks for this great post 🙂

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