Work-life balance has been on my mind lately. And then I stumbled upon Shonda Rhimes’ discussion with Terry Gross on NPR’s Fresh Air. We’re all busy, but she takes busy to a new level between creating Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and producing How to Get Away with Murder. One of her tools to manage her life? She turns her phone off at 7 p.m. during the week and will never answer an email on the weekend. Sounds crazy, right? But Rhimes told Gross that work will happen 24/7 if we let it. And there’s truth to that as we all know too well.
We all have a lot going on. While we may not be creating three hit TV shows like Rhimes, it’s important for all of us to prioritize work-life balance. It’s challenging for everyone to meet demands at work, maintain a social life, be an integral part of kids’ lives and still have “me time.” At Linhart Public Relations, we work exceptionally hard because we all love what we do, but we’ve also discovered some really important tips to maintain a healthy work-life balance.
Here’s what some of our LPRsters have found works well:
1. Manage time well and relax: Sometimes big projects call for extra hours, and we wish there were more than 24 hours in a day. While you’re hunkered down, make sure to schedule in a few breaks to eat meals at normal hours, or grab coffee with a colleague for a quick 10-minute break. Around my desk, a few of us have been known to take a 2-minute stretch break. Goofy, but it works.
2. Exercise: While it may seem stressful to set aside time to take a walk or go to the gym, it’s one of the most effective ways to reduce stress.
3. Take a vacation: Again, sometimes the idea of leaving the office for a week can seem like more stress than it’s worth, but you’ll come back refreshed, reenergized and ready to kick butt at work. Use your vacation time, even if it’s to stay in town and get things done around the house or make your own “staycation” excursion around the city.
4. Enjoy family time: At Linhart PR, family is our number one value. Our families and friends are what fuel our lives, and more often than not, are the relationships that ground us. Make them a priority and show them your appreciation – everyone will feel better.
5. Make errands easier: There are so many new ways to cut down the time we spend running errands. Online grocery shopping with delivery? Yes, please. Amazon Prime to order the rest? Talk about a time-saver.
Do you have any other tips that help maintain a strong work-life balance? Help us add to our list. And remember, make time for “you” time to celebrate the upcoming holiday season with your friends and family.