Achieving work work life balance is one of my continuing struggles while I am in college. I tend to overcommit work wise, that’s why there are two—school and job work. Even though I enjoy my work most of the time, I still sometimes feel unsatisfied.
My satisfaction is my wake-up call that I neglect balance in my life.
When I start seeing these three warning signs creep into my daily life, I know I am going back to an unbalanced state of mind.
You eat while you work
I ate EVERY meal these past semesters while working. I updated my sorority’s Facebook page with a fork full of mac n’ cheese. I designed poster layouts with fruit by my side. I even ate my bigger meals during class because I knew that might be the only free moment I had all day.
Since I am home, I make it a point to have dinner with my family. I not only want to spend time with them, but I am sick of cold food. I hope to continue this mealtime with friends when I return to Michigan State this upcoming fall.
No TV time
It doesn’t have to be TV time. This activity should relax you and be something you enjoy. This summer, I will spend my free time watching all eight of my favorite TV shows. Yes, there’s really eight.
My relaxation time is the first thing that goes when I get stressed. I will schedule out both my work times, to ensure it does not conflict with my most favorite two TV shows, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver and Celebrity Family Feud. Luckily for me, each show is on a different weekday night, which will serve as my daily reminder.
Wait, it’s already bedtime?!
This is what I call the Oh Sh*t moment.
Either I get a lot of work done and can’t believe I accomplished everything on my to-do list, or I wanted to get more done than I actually did.
With classes and working four days a week, it’s usually the later.
I realize this is my biggest hurdle this summer. I now know I have to make my personal projects one of my priorities, or else, they will never get done and I will replace the time with something I feel I have to complete.
To check my progress on achieving work work life balance, read the Daily Struggle.