My Recipe for Work/Life Balance

Q: How do you achieve work/life balance

Yah, tough one right? The ladies of The B Bar challenged us to share how we achieve work/life balance as part of their April linkup!

As someone who travels weekly for work, there is no work life balance. It cannot add up. There can never be perfect balance if you measure the amount of time spent at work/on the road and at home. Some weeks it kills me, some weeks I love the travel, but I always wish I was at home. I am a homebody with a travel job.
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So, screw work/life balance. In a recent talk at work, we focused on how to achieve work/life satisfaction. Aiming for a goal of work/life balance when it’s just not possible can be disappointing, but if you aim to be satisfied with the imbalance you have, it is actually achievable. Try it. Let me know what you think!
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Recognizing that I don’t have a balance, this is how I achieve my satisfaction when I’m on the road.

    • Prioritize me-time – When I am done with work for the day, I always go back to my room to decompress. Whether it’s going for a walk, reading, catching up on quick blogging, or watching some TV, I need to get away from my co-workers. I will usually have dinner with them or go out in the evening, but cannot spend every minute of the day with them. Taking some time away allows me to separate from work and makes me feel more at home in a different city.

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    • Make time for exercise – I have to make getting in some exercise a major priority, or the excuses pile up and it doesn’t happen. I try to schedule classes in advance or make it easy to fit in a run by putting it on my calendar. Setting the goal, packing all the essentials, and reminding myself I will always be glad I exercised is usually the motivation I need. See more on this, here.

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    • Be organized about life things – Planning calms me. I have a Moleskine in which I keep my “life” appointments and to-dos. Having it separate from the Outlook overload that I have on my computer is critical. I am a visual person, so seeing everything on paper helps me to picture when I can fit things in. When I am home, I have to schedule haircuts, doctors appointments, workout classes, and time with friends. Having a plan for everything I want to do at home or need to remember to do when traveling keeps the wheels on this bus.
    • Savor the weekends – Since I am gone all week, weekends are my times to get things done, feel rested and centered, and spend time with my fiancé and friends. While being hungover on a Saturday means that Friday was usually fun, it can almost guarantee I will start the week off on the wrong foot. I have gotten very protective of my weekends, and I am totally fine with that.

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  • Remove work distractions from life – I know this isn’t achievable for everyone, but I do not have my work email go automatically to my phone. If I need it when I am traveling or stuck without my computer, I can get it, but if I am unplugged, I unplug. Because of this, I do the best I can to get things done at work before heading home or to the hotel, so that I can truly separate my time.

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So that’s how I try to achieve work life satisfaction. It’s not always perfect, but it is better than pretending I can make it a balance. If you want to read more about this Road Warrior Life, check out the Road Warrior Files. Do you travel for work? How do you make it work?

Check out all of the other posts from the wonderful bloggers taking part in the Shop The B Bar April Linkup! These ladies are wonderful/inspiring/creative so show them some love!

The B Bar
26 and Not Counting
Rae Loves
Sarah Hartley
Carrie Loves
Soak and Simmer
The Not Quite Adult
White Cabana
PreppyPanache
LiskaMonet
Alyssa J Freitas
Rossetto
With Love From Ellie
Cake & Lilies
Feathers and Stripes
Leigh Clair
White Oak Creative
Life Modifier
Perfect Enough for Us
Random Little Faves
Jacque Of All Trades
Business Betties
Girl for Granted
Alicia Tenise
The Yuppie Flies
It’s Droolworthy
Something Good Blog
Elana Lyn
Forth Chicago
Emilie Lima Burke
Manifest Yourself
Fit for a Bride Blog
A Little Leopard
Coral and Cognacs
Little Wild Heart
It’s Julien
Boys and Bombshell
Meg Biram
Victoria McGinley

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  11. Lindsay says:

    This quote – “if you aim to be satisfied with imbalance you have, it is actually achievable” – is so true! I actually think that’s the overarching key to the work-life balance. It is not about % of time spent here or there, it’s about how content we are with what we do on a daily basis.

    April 22, 2015 | Reply
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  13. This is awesome! I used to travel weekly for work so I completely understand the lack of ‘balance’. It can be grueling, but also have it’s perks! I love your advice and back when I traveled, I did a lot of the same things…I had to get some me-time between work meetings and dinner with co-workers while on the road. That would just keep me from losing my mind, lol. Even now that I don’t really travel for work anymore, I still try to get the most out of my weekends. I’m like you…I don’t want to stay out super late on Friday nights because I want to get the weekend started early on Saturday to get things done!

    April 22, 2015 | Reply
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  15. Love love love what you said in the opening of your post about satisfaction, Ellie! It makes so much sense to shift our mindset to be satisfied with the imbalance. You’ve given me a fresh perspective. I’m going to try things your way!
    x
    Kira

    April 22, 2015 | Reply
  16. Great points! The email thing seems to be a common solution… not having work email on your phone is a blessing! Sad how it’s so hard to come by these days. Totally with you on savoring the weekends, too :) Blogging, being productive, and not feeling icky are avoidable if you have too many crazy nights planned!

    April 22, 2015 | Reply
  17. Love it. “Screw work/life balance” – haha! I completely agree. There is no real work/life balance, it’s all about how happy you are about what you’re doing and if you’re not happy, then change it. I would never be able to travel as much as you do – kudos to you!! xo

    April 22, 2015 | Reply
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  19. cara alyn says:

    Love this! I am with you on keeping a separate notebook for tracking tasks and to-dos, but you articulated the reason so much better than I ever have.

    April 27, 2015 | Reply
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