like your life to look like. As I often tell my mentees, focus on the areas of your life that are manageable and measurable.
Let’s say that you want to spend more time with your family. What does that look like? Realistically, how much time per day, week, month do you want to allocate to this goal? Establishing a goal is the first step.
2. Write It Down
When it comes to work-life balance, I find that just saying it or filing it away in a mental cloud is not enough.
There is something powerful about writing things down.
If you’re not the journaling type, you can use the Notes function on your smart device. One of my favorite methods is using a whiteboard.
Regardless of your process, record your goals. This gives you a visual reminder that you can track. It also allows you to recalibrate your goals if you find that they were too lofty or unrealistic.
3. Set Boundaries
I have a friend who consistently works almost 80 hours a week. Between sleeping, eating, and life’s other necessities, by his own admission, it doesn’t leave him with much time for anything else. When I asked “why?”, he admitted that he didn’t really know how to say “no” to his employer.
This leads to an important discussion about boundaries. Whether it is professional, familial, or friendly relationships, boundaries are critical to self-care.