A career in the PR industry is a 24/7 job. With news covered around the clock, it is literally a full-time job to stay on top of the news, client coverage and email. There never seems to be enough time in the day, but maintaining a good work/life balance is important both professionally and personally. Here are five tips for keeping things in check to keep stress levels under control and remain content with managing both of your worlds.
It’s okay to say no sometimes.
Of course, keep your commitments and stretch where needed, but don’t be afraid to say no when you have to. That goes for work assignments in which you know you can’t manage or handle due to your current workload – or a personal invitation to an event that will make you feel overwhelmed and crazed, running around too much when you need the downtime more.
Prioritize your day.
This is a no-brainer. Prioritize your day, any tasks, assignments or errands. Most experts advise tackling the most challenging project first or the one with the most pressing deadline to cross it off your list. If you can’t get to everything in one day, you always have tomorrow to add it to the top of your list.
Make a to-do list every day.
To-do lists clear your head. Getting your list on paper will give you a better sense of what you need to get done and by when. Before you depart work every evening, take the time to write out your list and include your schedule for the day, too, for quick reference. It will prepare you to think about and plan for tomorrow.
Put a lockdown on email/mobile phone use after-hours.
We are too addicted to our phones. Once you leave the office, set a time where you will let email go and focus on your personal life and who is with you at the moment – whether a family member, significant other or friend, and be in the present, enjoying your time away from work. A break from your device is often needed!
Family always comes first.
Work is very rewarding, but always remember your family is your number one priority. Always put them first before anything. Nothing is more important. One of the best ways to feel balanced is making time for the most cherished people in your life.