Successfully balancing work and life are always challenging, yet finding your equilibrium in high heels can be even more challenging as attitudes shift during the summer months. The entire work world seems to redirect a certain amount of focus toward summer life style and vacation, and you might find you want to swap your high heels for your flip-flops.
There are unique circumstances to consider in the summer as you plan to take vacation, do more at work while someone else is on vacation and possibly juggle out-of-school children while maintaining your normal work schedule. Let’s dig our toes into the sand and ponder how you can take advantage of this time to improve your work-life balance.
It’s summer, so the pace at work will likely slow down a bit. At the same time, there will likely be fewer people pulling the weight at the office. You and your co-workers will renegotiate the office work load to be sure everything is covered and your client needs are being met.
Nothing is more frustrating for a customer or client to find out that a deliverable is on hold while their primary contact is on vacation. With planning, a team can cover for each other and allow everyone to go on vacation with peace of mind to enjoy a complete break from the office.
As the pace slows, take this time to assess how well you are balancing your busy work and home life. Seriously take stock and ask yourself if you tend to overschedule, find it hard to ask for help or let go of control at work and at home. Self-awareness will go a long way toward helping you find your work-life balance.
As the pace slows, you can also time to assess your own schedule, everything you do and why, and start to dream about the life design you want. Life is too short to do something just because you were asked or you have a hard time saying no. If everything seems important, you need to learn how to identify the real priorities and be satisfied with your achievements.
Your day-to-day mental health is paramount. If you begin experiencing increased fatigue, headaches, stomach problems, anxiety, anger or insomnia, it’s time to make yourself the highest priority. When it comes to taking care of yourself, you need to take time to connect with others. Ask yourself if you’re spending time with people and doing the activities that provide support or that undermine support, then do what’s needed to invest in yourself and create more relationships and situations that support you.
To take more time for yourself, you will need to take something off your plate. Realistically, ask yourself what would you be willing to take off your plate? If you took that thing off your plate, what would you be willing to do for yourself? This is the only way to take actionable steps toward assessing your work-life balance and creating change.
Finding equilibrium and knowing when to take off your high heels and put on your flip-flops is best achieved when you avoid being the martyr or sacrificing yourself when you need to be delegating and asking for help. When you do for others that which they can rightly do for themselves, you rob them of opportunities to raise their self-esteem and sense of competence.
In addition to your colleagues at work, use this strategy at home with the kids. Think about having a summer chore list – having a family plan for everyday household tasks will teach your children a great life lesson. We all need to feel needed – even kids need to know that they are contributing. By not doing everything for them and having them contribute in age appropriate ways, your children will have their own sense of accomplishment.
The regular school/academic year calendar has a faster pace for everyone, whether you have children at home or not, so take advantage of this opportunity to slow down your pace. If you do have children at home, it’s beneficial for you to slow down the pace with them. Remember work will always be there tomorrow. In the meantime, life is waiting. Whether you’re wearing your high heels or your flip-flops, take time to enjoy the summer — reflect, vacation and spend time with the people and doing the activities that give you pleasure.
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