With a new job comes a bag full of worries – Will my new co-workers like me? Where will I eat lunch? What am I going to wear? And amongst these equally valid and silly worries comes a pressure to learn as much as possible in the shortest amount of time. You want to impress management and most importantly, you don’t want to let your new team members down with your lack of knowledge or inexperience in your new position.
In an attempt to avoid these situations, it is easy to dive headfirst into your work and forget about the other parts of life: friends, family, physical fitness and simply taking the time to relax. Unfortunately these very important aspects of life are often what hold us together, yet are the first thing to go when put in a stressful situation like acclimatizing to a new job.
Having just started my career within the past year, I have experienced many of these silly worries and newbie mistakes and have sometimes let my work/life balance slip. Even with an employer that promotes and encourages a very healthy work/life balance, there are times when I find myself at work well past 5:00pm. However, after taking the time to reflect on days when I was able to “do it all”, I have concluded a few key things that have helped me stay balanced:
- Getting an early start. I am not a morning person, but I do find that time in the early morning is when the creative juices are flowing and productivity is at an all-time high. Taking advantage of this time can really help make for a productive and positive day.
- Creating thorough to-do lists with check boxes and due dates. Check boxes are a key part to a successful to-do list. The act of checking off a box with the finishing of each task has its very own special type of satisfaction. This helps keep my tasks organized with something to look forward to!
- Organize activities outside of work and stick to them. This can be hard to do with a busy work schedule, but when you make it to that family dinner or spin class, you will find yourself that much happier and motivated to come to back to work the next day.
- Use technology to your advantage. I never used to be one for digital calendars, but now with a work schedule, family schedule and play schedule, they all need a place to cohesively work together. The magic of technology allows for quick and efficient organization of your busy life.
Are you starting a new job? We would love to hear your feedback! Tell us what has helped you keep a healthy work/life balance in the comments below.