Finding the Right Balance

Monday, 23 May 2016

Since my move to London it has been more complicated to find a work-life balance. Partly due to the fact that besides the working hours, which are longer than what I was used to before, there is also an extra 45 minutes or so of travelling. Come the weekend, I'm exhausted and I just want to lay in bed with my laptop watching Netflix. Although that sounds quite relaxing, I do live in London and it's quite gutting to not be enjoying the lovely city that I live in or that other aspects of my life are abandoned. This month I decided to change this and be proactive rather that sulk over the situation especially since I realised that my 'laziness' was nowhere near healthy.  Obviously finding the right balance takes time, but I do feel like I'm finally getting there by having a system and gradually getting through a couple of steps.

Step 1:Treat work as work. I should explain before this is misunderstood. I do not, in any way, mean that I don't give my work importance. Anyone who is close to me can vouch for the fact that I have never been that kind of person. My problem is in fact that I tend to give work to much importance to a point where it becomes my whole life. I'd stay as late as 8pm if I need to and once at home it is still all I can think about. I take my work too personally and the line between my work and the rest of my life is easily blurred. Clearly this is not right. While I enjoy my work greatly, it is only my work. I've been trying hard to go to work, give my best but once the time is up I'm out physically and mentally. It has been really hard because I'm not used to that, but it's working and I'm feeling so much better.

Step 2: Have plans after work. This does not necessarily mean go out after work. To be honest I don't quite like that and I'd be looking forward to go home. However, gone are the days when I'd get home, shower, eat and sleep. For starters I joined a choir which is something that I used to do before and I missed deeply. It is also a good way to make friends beyond work and give myself something to do twice a week. For the rest of the week, I have been devoting myself to working out and cooking which has a lot of good qualities to it. All of these things I actually schedule in my calendar as that makes it more likely that I'd do them and I really like ticking things off the calender.

Step 3: Big plans for the weekend. I don't mean an impromptu trip to Paris, although that wouldn't be bad, but little things that I plan so that my weekend is not just a lie-in and netflix.  Whether this is actually getting out of the house and going somewhere or simply finding a different recipe and dive into the bliss of cooking and baking it doesn't really matter. As long as I'm doing something with my two off days I'm happy. I also try to get much of blog work done on weekends because honestly finding the appropriate amount of time for it during the week is something that still needs to be mastered.
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