This past month has been a whirlwind of emotions for me and most of it has revolved around work. As I've mentioned in previous posts, I left my full-time office job around 8 months ago and couldn't be happier. In that time I've realized that freelance writing is the path I want to pursue, however it's not as easy or glamorous as many online content creators might have you believe. I'm not saying that they go out of their way to present a false image of the lifestyle, but it can look much more fun than it is when it's on a neatly curated blog. Between running a blog, working with marketing companies to produce freelance content, and working in retail, it's really shown me how important it is to master the skill of work/life balance.
Know When To Shut Off
It's important to know when to stop working and take time for yourself. I know it's tempting to do something you love all day, every day, but it will wear your down and take some of the enjoyment out of doing it. I give myself one day a week to work on my blog posts and any other work outside of my retail job. This way I know that I don't have to worry about it throughout the week and can spend time with friends and family without the nagging feeling of work in the back of my mind.
Don't Shut Off Too Often
Even though I give myself the one day to really focus on my writing, there are times when I'm so comfortable at not having done it during the week that I want to fall back into the habit of just watching Netflix for the day. This is very detrimental to my motivation and my productivity. So, knowing when it's appropriate to give yourself some down time and when to push yourself to work is important for reaching an end goal while still maintaining a healthy mindset.
Push Through The Inevitable Slumps
With anything that you do a lot of there will be times when you just don't feel the same energy and enjoyment in doing it. I'm currently at that point in my writing where it feels like a chore to just sit and write a blog post, despite how into it I was just a few weeks ago. These slumps come and go (as I've experienced); what's important is to not let it consume you when it's happening. Don't give into the satisfying desire to do nothing and push through it as much as you can. If you feel like it's affecting your work, take a break and then come back to it with fresh eyes.
This might be the most important factor when it comes to productivity and yet I always seem to forget it until it starts affecting my mood and mindset. I haven't had a proper workout in a few months and it's really taken a toll on my inspiration and motivation, so that's something I want to make more time for in the upcoming months. It's fascinating how much of a difference increasing your heart rate can make in your creativity and overall enjoyment; this isn't something that should be taken for granted.
How do you balance work and life?