Work Life Balance

I adore my job and blogging is my number one hobby and so it kind of feels like work (obviously really fun work where I’m my own boss). People are working longer hours than ever before and with mobile phones, laptops and iPads, there’s no escape from the office once you get home. How many times have you quickly checked your work emails “just in case”? I even took my work mobile on the #PartridgeBerwickTrip and got told off on more than one occasion by Mr P.

But life really can’t be all work and no play so here’s my advice for keeping a happy work life balance…

1. Decide on a time to stop working

If there’s a project that needs to be finished and I haven’t got enough time to do it within the working day then I often fire up the laptop when I get home. Deciding on a “stop time” can make sure that you give yourself time to relax – especially if you tell your partner/flatmate/parents.

2. Weekends are a no work zone

Put your laptop away on a Friday evening and don’t turn it on again until Monday morning. You need some time for shopping, countryside walks and cocktails with friends without being distracted by something going on in the office. All work and no play makes you a dull girl!

3. Learn how to say no

If you’re feeling over-pressured at work and you feel like you can’t take any more on then say so. It’s only work and not worth suffering stress because of it. Your boss will understand and would rather you say before it gets too much for you.

4. Try to switch off

Have a hot relaxing bath, watch a cheesy movie or have your friends round in the evening. These distractions will help you to forget about work for now and encourage you to really wind down.

5. Remember what’s important

We’ve all seen The Devil Wears Prada where Andy chooses her work events over her boyfriend’s birthday and look how that turned out. You can love your career but don’t forget about your family and friends.

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