Knowing how to prioritize between your personal and professional life can present a challenge for most Gen Z’s and millennials these days. Whether you are a college student, a recent graduate, or even someone who has pursued the norm of a 9-5 lifestyle. I have accumulated a list of tips and tricks which can help you balance your personal life at home and school versus your professional life in the workplace.
Ensuring that you have a consistent schedule can be a great way to balance your personal and professional life. This means that you only complete your work at work so that you don’t let your job interfere with your personal life. On the other hand, that also means that you don’t allow your personal life to interfere with your time at work (aside from emergencies of course). Keeping a constant schedule in your everyday life means that you won’t have to worry about your loved ones feeling forgotten because all you do is work. Learn to shut off the work mindset as soon as you shut off the computer. For instance, when 5 o’clock rolls around, finish the task that you’re on, shut the computer off, and make that a habit. Don’t get me wrong, work is very important, but your life and personal relationships should be of even greater importance.
Assuring that you are present in both the personal and professional aspects of your life means allowing for little to no distractions. For example, if you are at home in the evenings with your family, be present during that time with them. Even if you are physically present, that doesn’t necessarily mean that your mind is fully in the moment; however, there will be times when you have to prioritize things. Whether that thing is personal or professional, also learn to prioritize what is important at that moment. If your boss calls you on the weekend, step aside, prioritize that call, and then get back to prioritizing your time with loved ones. Anxiety does nothing but eat away at the short time that you have to relax and enjoy the company of your loved ones. So learn to turn your work brain off. I promise it is worth it.
Keeping your personal and professional lives separate from one another is actually highly suggested. It is perfectly fine to have friends at work, but you also want to be sure that you have people outside of work whom you can spend time with. Find friends who enjoy the same things that you do. For example, if you enjoy being outside, find a friend who can go on hikes or go kayaking with you during your time away from work. Having these kinds of friendships outside of work is actually healthy and I highly encourage it.