I have always struggled with work-life balance. Sometimes it feels like we have to do so much at the same time, it drives us crazy. Some things give so much stress because they feel like harsh obligations, yet another thing we must do. Sounds familiar?
My story begins at the start of my career. With a lot going on at work, my head would often feel jam-packed with thoughts, lists, stuff. I felt I was being inefficient. By the end of the day I was already thinking about everything I had to do the next day. On top of that I had a busy social life. My work life started to spill over into my private life and vice versa.
At work I was easily distracted. As soon as an email came in I dropped everything I was doing. The same thing happened whenever someone would come up to my desk. The constant switching from one thing to the next cost me so much energy.
After a few years of doing this, I decided it was time to make a change. I took a course that taught me how to plan my work. Through this course I found out I wasn’t the best at saying “no”, which makes sense because disappointing people is my least favourite thing to do. The course gave me a new perspective though. It made me see that it is ok to say “no” as long as you have a good reason.
The world changes very rapidly and the same thing is true for your workday. It is no longer about the number of hours, it is about the output. You can’t change time, but you can change your own mindset. How do you use your time?