Balancing work, life and everything else

February 16, 2011 4:35 pm

Recently, my good friend Mikinzie Stuart blogged about balancing priorities. Lauren Novo also recently wrote about her blog taking the backseat.

These two blog posts echo my own thoughts about work-life balance and blogging.

I typically work from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Afterward, I try to catch a fitness class to keep myself in shape (and sane). My evenings are spent managing Vision Mid Michigan, planning events for Social Media Club – Great Lakes Bay and writing freelance articles for magazines. I also manage to fit in some freelance PR work sometimes.  I’m also a 2012 bride-to-be. Blogging has obviously fallen to the wayside.

I love what I do, but there’s more to life than just work. Through managing all of these responsibilities, I’ve learned a few things to help me balance everything and avoid burnout.

1. Say no. It’s easier said than done. But, when something comes up that I know I can’t handle right now, I simply refer the project to someone else. This has actually helped me build great working relationships with other freelancers.

2. Think outside the job. Reading fiction on my Kindle has become a great way to refresh my mind. Sometimes I even read a few chapters while eating my lunch. I’ve downloaded several business books, but lately fiction wins every time.

3. Break a sweat. Working out after a busy day is one of my favorite ways to relieve stress. I personally love Pure Barre (disclaimer: I do some PR for the local studio…but I’d promote it even if I didn’t).

4. Go out with friends…And, don’t discuss work. I recently had a coworker and her husband over for dinner, beers and Wii mini-golf. I laughed so hard that night that my face hurt.

5. Disconnect. You really don’t need to be accessible at all times of the day, even though most of us feel like we should. This is sounds really simple, but I don’t think many people do it these days. Give it a try.

What do you do to balance your career with your personal life?

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Rachel M. Esterline works in public relations and marketing communications. Her blog, ExPRessions, contains her musings about PR, marketing, career and professional development, Gen Y issues, personal branding and more. Rachel also does freelance consulting and writing. She is originally from Genesee, Mich., and will graduate from Central Michigan University in May 2010.