Achieving work-life balance is something I struggled with for years. I became a master at it my senior year of college. For me, my main issue with time management. I struggled with saying ‘no’ to people. Whether someone asked me to cover their shift at work, or someone in a group project slacking and asking for help, I was always there to take over. This became a huge problem in my life. I realized that I had no time for myself anymore and could not recharge. Work and school and lacrosse were the only things on my mind ever. I became very overwhelmed and started putting only sub-par effort into my life activities, school, and work.
I knew I needed to change the way my life was going. The first step I took was learning how to properly communicate. I started saying ‘no’ to little requests first, then I moved on to larger requests. When you practice saying ‘no’ it becomes more fluid and comfortable. Find out what is important and what is not. Organize your time in a list or on a calendar and don’t take on more than you can handle. By keeping a planner you can list out what you need to do, by week and by day.
The next step I took was limiting my technology use. Technology and social media consume our lives and when you take a step back and appreciate what is in front of you, it really opens your eyes. Practice keeping your phone put away when you are at dinner or out to eat with friends. Engage in deep conversation and really pay attention. Your friends and family will appreciate this, and you will too.