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How do adults develop work life balance?

Hi! I'm looking to enter IT. I want to understand work-life balance, since it's a important topic that comes up a lot among professionals. In terms of not letting work take over all of your time.

How do adults that work develop good work life balance, so they can enjoy their life? What action helps for you to have time for your personal life or what matters to you?

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Shane’s Answer

Well, a good work/life balance comes down to choices, habits, priorities, and boundaries.

You have to know what is important to you, be mindful what you say yes to, and understand the expectations of your boss and company.

Just because it’s an opportunity that doesn’t mean that opportunity is just for you.
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Alex’s Answer

Hey there! One effective approach I've found for balancing part-time work and full-time school is creating a schedule that accommodates both. For instance, you could enroll in a class that meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays, leaving the rest of the week open for other activities. Remember: On the days you have classes, it's important to concentrate on the tasks assigned for those classes. This way, you can relax and unwind after work without worrying about assignments. If you're tempted to take on more, I'd advise against it, unless circumstances demand it. Fortunately, there are numerous resources available for various situations.

A thought that often crosses my mind is: Why rush into becoming a full-fledged adult before it's necessary?
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Thank you comment icon I'm not planning to work yet lol. I asked because I was curious about how adults live. I appreciate the reminder to enjoy high school free times,. Chiara
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Dave’s Answer

Remember, no one will manage your personal life for you. Ultimately, it comes down to you to manage. That being said, many companies have introduced so many resources available to help with time management, stress, mental awareness, health. These tools are promoted by senior management to reduce the stress both at work and personal life.
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Chris’s Answer

Work-Life balance is important though it is also relative. Work isn't everything and at the same time, it provides the means to enjoy life to a degree.

Think about how much time is spent getting ready for school or for work - one wakes up, gets ready, commutes, logs on, maybe has a lunch or coffee break, goes back to work, logs off, commutes home, has some time to relax, then gets ready for the next day of work, repeat.

Be mindful of how much you devote to taking care of yourself as well as what you do to enjoy life be it travel, learning a new hobby, self-care, therapy, and connecting with others.

Recommend the book: Algorithms to Live By
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PwC’s Answer

Schedule in times for short breaks throughout your workday. Block out your calendar and communicate your boundaries with your team and managers. Tell your team when you will be unavailable and why. Make sure to communicate any personal time commitments. Be honest and don’t be afraid to prioritize yourself sometimes.
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Use google calendar or a written planner and to-do list to stay organized and know how my week will be. Make sure to block off free time on the calendar software. Write out obligations as they come. Know that you won’t ever truly complete everything on your schedule and that’s okay! Shut off your laptop after work ends and use that time for yourself.
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Put your personal growth above your professional growth because you can’t have one without the other.
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Prioritize what is important! Incorporate things you enjoy/like in your day. Always leave room for time with yourself. Do one thing you enjoy each day – tv, games, books, workout etc. And then don’t think about work when you are enjoying your life! Leave work thoughts/tasks at the office.
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Do work as soon as it comes up. Don’t procrastinate. Make a to-do list at the beginning of the day and try to stick to it. This will give you time to relax at the end of the day.
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Susan’s Answer

Fantastic query! The key is to initially comprehend how you personally define work-life balance. In my case, I place high importance on carving out time for cherished family occasions, such as my beloved granddaughter's inaugural birthday. Moreover, I ensure to embark on at least two journeys annually, as the thrill of discovering unseen territories and taking a breather from my professional commitments is vital for my well-being. It's all about identifying what suits you best and giving precedence to the aspects that hold the most significance in your life. To maintain equilibrium in my professional life, I strategically plan my two trips in the same month each year, which greatly aids me in balancing my work.
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Hailey’s Answer

Absolutely! I'm also on the journey to create a better work-life balance! This year, I've taken some steps to make sure that work doesn't take over my life. I've set firm boundaries, like turning off notifications, removing work apps from my phone, and making a point to leave work on time, no matter what project I'm involved in. Remember, the work will always be waiting for you.
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Plan social gatherings ahead of time! Always plan something that you can look forward to. Even if it’s just having a movie night with your family, going somewhere to see your friends, or making dinner with your friends. I like spending time with my dog or playing basketball. Make sure to have something planned that you can look forward to every week!
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I create a schedule each day, get enough rest, and ensure that I eat a balanced diet. Start working out (yoga/gym/running/cardio). Exercising boosts your focus levels and your morale!
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Build a support network at work and away from work as well. Find a community where you can be the way you are.
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