Thank you for your question and for what you do in your line of work.
Many people struggle with finding a good work-life balance.
The first thing I like to do is assess your current work habits:
How many hours do you usually work?
How many days per week do you stay late at the office?
Are you required to be on-call during evenings and weekends?
Do you feel obligated to answer your cellphone or email after-hours even if not required to?
Do you regularly take time off?
Do you resent your job/boss/clients?
Do you miss out on social or family events due to work obligations?
Do you need to prove yourself at work?
Now that you’ve assessed your work habits, how do you think you’re doing with finding work-life balance?
We all need to create boundaries between our work and personal life. These boundaries actually help us do our jobs better. When we come to work refreshed and happy, we will do our best work. Over-working will lead to burnout and poor mental health. Personal relationships will suffer if you don’t nurture them. And your health may suffer from ailments such as headaches, backaches, insomnia, stomachaches due to stress and overworking.
cassandra recommends the following next steps:
- Clearly defining when you are working and when you are “off”
- Not being tied to your phone or computer at all times
- Having time to yourself after you leave the office
- Not feeling guilty about asking for time off
- Not cancelling your weekend or dinner plans (except on rare occasion) because of an emergency at work