We constantly hear dialogue about the importance of balance. We’re told to work to live, not live to work, and that we need adequate time away from work to keep burnout away. But, we should also devote ourselves to our careers in order to climb the corporate ladder.
With so many mixed messages how do you know what’s the right thing to do? There’s no doubt that striving to reach a perfect balance can be exhausting. I would often wonder how women found ways to start SMEs, keep up with their beauty regimens, have a social life, care for their families, and still find time for self-care.
My career in Real Estate taught me a hard lesson on taking care of myself while also trying to take care of everyone else. Because it’s easy to feel as if you’re trying to juggle two completely separate identities. After several failed attempts at finding a balance between my personal life and business responsibilities, I had an epiphany. What if I stopped putting so much energy into achieving balancing, and instead found a way to do what I love.
You may be thinking that while that sounds good… how is it actually achieved. Here are a few steps to help you start creating a more fulfilling life.
discover work that you actually enjoy
You’ve heard it before, but I’ll say it again “Do what you love and you’ll never work another day in your life.” Cliche, but partially true. Whatever you do will take effort, skill, and time, it’s finding something that you love that makes it easier.
Think of a time when you worked a job that you truly hated. Surely, it impacted other areas of your life and your attitude outside of work, right? We spend most of our time working. There’s bound to be overflow into other areas of our lives when we spend the majority of our days doing something we loathe.
Now, consider this. Compare that experience to a time when you worked a job that made you feel inspired and fulfilled. That position probably affected you in a much more positive way. See, there’s no way around it. Finding work that you enjoy is a crucial first step in creating a life you love. The goal is to explore your options, companies, and positions; and discover the right career fit for you.
get around people that make you better
While there’s a lot of advice on how to network effectively, you rarely find tips on simply getting better acquainted with those that you’re around the nose. Think about it this way: who do you spend most of your time with, and how well do you know them.
Having strong bonds and mutually beneficial relationships can go a long way in both personal development and career advancement. An added benefit to connecting with your current co-workers is that if when you enjoy the people you’re working with, your days won’t seem so long.