5 Ways to Find Balance Between Work and Life

Do you find it difficult to find balance between your work and personal life? Believe me, I know the feeling! When I worked a corporate job, there were times when I was home and I would randomly think about things that I had to do for work. I really didn’t like how these thoughts would creep in my mind when I should have just been relaxing. I’m sure a lot of you can relate. Work consumes so much of our lives and it can be extremely hard to find balance.

I would like to share some tips with you to help find that balance. These tips have greatly helped me and I hope they will help make improvements in your everyday life.

Find Balance Between Work and Life

1. Get off your phone.
Seriously, get off your phone! I know most of us are way too attached to our phones, myself included! A couple years ago I decided to turn off all of my social media notifications and what a life changer it has been! I really don’t need to know the second someone comments on Facebook, likes my Instagram picture, etc. Seeing and hearing my phone go off so often not only became distracting but also annoying. I also don’t like checking my email a million times a day so I only make a point to check it a few times a day and stop checking it after a certain time. I know some of you have jobs where work doesn’t end when you leave the office. Realtors and lawyers can have clients emailing them at odd hours and it may feel like the work day never ends. Although I can’t fully relate to those professions, my suggestion is to set specific times to check and reply to emails. That way you won’t feel like you’re glued to your phone all day and night.

2. Schedule some fun time.
Whether you’re planning some “me” time or activities with friends and family, it’s so important to set aside some time for a little fun. You should treat these plans like work meetings. It’s crucial to show up and be on time. No one likes waiting around or getting flaked on. It’s definitely unprofessional in the business world so make sure you follow through with your plans, even if it’s “me” time for yourself.

3. Limit your conversations complaining about work.
Unless someone specifically asks you about work, try to limit how much you talk about it. Nothing is more annoying to me than when I’m catching up with someone over dinner and all they do is go on and on complaining about work. The negativity really is a buzz kill. Of course, I love hearing about positive things like promotions and awesome recognition but try to limit the negativity. For some, it may be therapeutic to let out the negative thoughts but make sure you steer your conversation in a positive direction and enjoy the time you’re spending with your friends and family.

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4. Get lost in a book.
What I like about reading is that it helps captivate me away from where I’m at. Reading helps me explore my imagination and teaches me new things that I can apply to my own life. It also sometimes challenges me to think outside the box. I’m currently reading Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling. (Her first book Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? is one of my favorite books!)

5. Try something new.
Learn a new skill. Pick up a new hobby. Why not try to impress your friends and family by cooking some new dishes? Do something out of your comfort zone and you just might learn something new about yourself!

Remember, you’re working to live, not living to work! It’s so crucial to find balance and be able to enjoy life, If you have any additional tips, please let me know!

33 Comments

  1. September 6, 2016 / 7:53 PM

    Balancing between work and life is very important. And I love all of these tips! Thanks for sharing!

    -Lily from With Love Lily Rose

    • Polly
      September 7, 2016 / 10:06 PM

      Thanks, Lily!

    • Polly
      September 7, 2016 / 10:07 PM

      Glad you find these tips helpful, Erin!

  2. September 7, 2016 / 8:16 AM

    These are some really good tips, totally agree about the phone πŸ™‚ xx

    • Polly
      September 7, 2016 / 10:08 PM

      Disconnecting from your phone really does make a difference! πŸ™‚

    • Polly
      September 7, 2016 / 10:09 PM

      Hope these tips help you out! It’s so important to find balance!

  3. September 7, 2016 / 4:48 PM

    Number 3! I can’t stand it when people complain non-stop about work – why not just look for a new job? haha These are great tips & I haven’t read most of them anywhere else. Thank you for sharing!

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    • Polly
      September 7, 2016 / 10:11 PM

      Thank you for visiting, Shannon!

  4. September 7, 2016 / 10:54 PM

    These are great. I love the turning off the tech piece. That is one of the greatest ways to get some time back in your life!

    • Polly
      September 8, 2016 / 9:45 AM

      Yes, technology does consume a lot of our time!

    • Polly
      September 11, 2016 / 11:11 AM

      Thanks, Vanessa!

  5. September 8, 2016 / 6:19 PM

    I really like the point you made about getting off your phone. I feel like we’re so used to it nowadays and when we’re not online 24/7 it feels like we’re missing out on something. I know I’m pretty addicted to my phone but I’m trying to get better haha! I refuse to use Snapchat or Twitter for example. I feel like if I had one more social media app to check in the morning it would take me an hour before getting to work/starting my day. Really loving your tips!
    XO

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    • Polly
      September 11, 2016 / 11:13 AM

      I’m glad you enjoyed this post! It’s true that our phone and social media consumes a lot of our time.

    • Polly
      September 11, 2016 / 11:14 AM

      You’re so sweet! Thank you, Lara!

    • Polly
      September 11, 2016 / 11:14 AM

      Thank you!

  6. September 8, 2016 / 9:57 PM

    Great tips! Not being distracted by our phones is hard these days but turning off notification is a great idea. Why didn’t I think of that before? I especially like getting lost in a book. It’s one of my favorite pasttime activities. πŸ™‚

    • Polly
      September 11, 2016 / 11:16 AM

      Turning off notifications has made a huge difference for me! Thanks for visiting, Angela!

  7. September 8, 2016 / 11:17 PM

    Great tips! I currently struggle to separate my work and personal life..as I work from home, it’s quite difficult to have set hours of work as I can never stop checking my emails. I am working on improving though!

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    • Polly
      September 11, 2016 / 11:17 AM

      Sometimes I have hard time finding some separation when I’m at home all the time too. However, it’s important to take breaks and carve out some time for yourself. πŸ™‚

    • Polly
      September 11, 2016 / 11:18 AM

      I think it’s something a lot of us need to work on! πŸ™‚

    • Polly
      September 11, 2016 / 11:18 AM

      Thank you, Tiffany!

    • Polly
      September 11, 2016 / 11:11 AM

      Thanks so much for sharing, Portia!

  8. September 12, 2016 / 4:35 PM

    The therapist in me loves these pointers! Thanks for sharing!

    DrWinesBlog

    • Polly
      September 15, 2016 / 11:56 AM

      Thanks, Mallory!

  9. November 2, 2016 / 5:19 PM

    Great tips Polly. A book is definitely top of my list πŸ™‚
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