The Balancing Act: How To Effectively Balance Work & Life

Rihanna once sang, “Work, work, work, work, work.” The beat was rhythmic and the lyrics memorable. Many of us still sing along when it streams or plays on a local radio station. Yes, many of us work, work, work, but are we equally committed to rest, rest, rest?

For too many of us, the answer is no. We’ve become so engrossed with staying busy that we often mistake it for productivity. Yet, productivity and busyness are not interchangeable. In fact, productivity often includes resting and being focused on one’s overall well-being, including aligning one’s work with one’s life.

First, let’s talk about what alignment doesn’t look like. Constantly being on the go, not sleeping, not socializing with friends and family, and/or overcommitting are all signs that your work and your life may be imbalanced. They are also indicators that you are not taking care of the most important person in your life—you.

Contrary to popular belief and even societal pressures, putting you first is not selfish; however, it may feel

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