Some part of your personal life will spill over into your work and vice versa. It’s a delicate balance. Clients and coworkers want to see some vulnerability to feel a connection to the people they are paying and collaborating with. However, revealing too much can be a dangerous. You don’t want your personal issues becoming office gossip.
Blurring the lines between work and play can be detrimental to both aspects of life. Stress from either world will undoubtedly impact the other. Throwing the balance between the two off is known to cause fatigue, lost time with friends and loved ones, and increased, unreasonable expectations according to the Mayo Clinic.
Work-life balance may be harder than ever to maintain, but it can be done. Ask yourself three questions to help establish boundaries between the personal and professional:
How much of my self am I willing to give up? Your professional life should focus on what you’re good at. There’s no need to bring negativity or personal drama to work with you, or professional drama back home. Besides, most things about you are boring to people anyway. Tell what’s interesting, but leave the minutia of your life out of the conversation.
How much of my time am I willing to give up? Learn how to say no to unreasonable requests. Create and stick to a work schedule. Focus on productivity at work, so you can focus on fun when you leave. Also, enforce guidelines on how and when you want to be contacted should an issue arise during off-work hours.
How much of my attention am I willing to give up? It is important to develop relationships and hobbies that have nothing to do with work. Plan enjoyable activities and don’t forget to nurture yourself body (maintaining healthy diet), mind (discovering new hobbies), and soul (spending time with family and friends).