You have a work life. You have a home life. Lately my work life has been pretty chaotic. Thankfully, chaotic in a good way. But it was encroaching on my home life. Hence, the lack of blog posts the past couple of weeks. But it brings me to today’s post regarding how important it is to protect your sanity by keeping boundaries between work and home. Not only your sanity, but your health and your relationships too.
So instead of trying to do everything (be a good business person, designer, wife, bonus mom, friend, and so forth), I thought I would draw a line between work and home. Doing this, almost literally, helps keep the two separated so that you can fully focus on wherever you are.
We hear so often that we can “have it all” – but can you really? Imagine trying to eat your entire Thanksgiving dinner in one bite? It’s just not feasible. Nor would it be pretty. Wouldn’t you rather enjoy that delicious turkey + mashed potatoes + dressing + cranberries bite by bite? Savoring each lovely texture and flavor?
And whether you’re out of balance because you are too focused at work or too focused at home, you’re not going to be functioning at your optimum.
And are you really PRESENT at home? Are you bringing work home with you? Or working such long hours that you’re too tired to enjoy the company of your spouse? If so, draw a line. A line between work and home. Everything does NOT have to get done. Especially at the expense of your health / sanity / relationships.
When you’re going through a busy phase of life, whether at home or at work, take a look at what you are responsible for, and if you cannot delegate anything off your To Do List, then assess what really does not HAVE to get done. And then don’t do it. Focus on what cannot be ignored and do it well. Then come back to the details when the important points have been completed and a bit of balance has been restored.
So, things at work have levelled out a bit and I hope to be back to my regular posts. Not that blogging is NOT important to the business, but we have thankfully had some large design projects that required my full attention and did not leave much time for posting – unless I was to take time from the Handsome Hubs and my own health. I decided that was not a good solution.
So the next time you start feeling overwhelmed between work life and home life, assess what tasks can wait and delay them. Yes. Procrastinate. Be selective about what you put off and for how long. But don’t put off your sanity.
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