Recently, a friend of mine told me that he’s not being able to manage a social life and a work life together. I thought that would be such an interesting topic to discuss since I’ve been recently managing 2 part time jobs so it’s good to share my experience.
I do think many people fall under the trap or working too hard that they forget about their friends, family, and beloved ones. For that reason, I’ve prepared a list of things to do to be able to manage your work and your social life balance.
Now that’s a tricky part. Many of us continue answering their emails even after they have left the office. I have made it a rule to myself that I will not answer any email unless it’s urgent and needs to be handled immediately. Otherwise, I do think it’s okay to postpone things to the next morning and just try to enjoy a peaceful night.
This might be hard, especially for people like me who work in public relations and community management. Part of my job requires me to do some social media updates beyond the working hours, but doing some updates that would take a maximum of 10 mins is okay. However, you need to make sure that your free time is dedicated to your friends and family,so try to limit the work to the office only.
I am not married and I do not have kids, but for me family time is sacred! Sometimes I have to work late, so I try to always spend my evening with my parents in the living room and not lock myself in my bedroom. Sometimes this means I need to watch their TV shows but that’s okay, sometimes you need to be selfless haha. I also make sure to spend every Sunday with my family.
4) Friends & Lovers
That’s a very tricky part. Sometimes, my friends start throwing hints that I am always super busy and that they never see me like before. What I try to do is to have them join me at the events that I need to attend for work, or I schedule dates ahead of time so that I don’t make fake promises. If you have a partner, you also need to make an effort to see him/her after work for drinks or bites even if you are tired.
Always try to plan your weekends ahead of time. It’s the perfect time for you to see all your beloved ones and spend a good time to energize for the working week ahead. Ever since I started 2 jobs, I always make it a rule to enjoy my weekend to the fullest and avoid being lazy and so far it’s working.
Summer is just around the corner and that’s a perfect excuse for you to plan your summer trip. If you don’t have the budget to travel, you can have a weekend getaway somewhere in your country as an affordable alternative. It’s so important to take a break at least once a year to relax and get inspired to achieve more productivity later in the future.
The reason why I wanted to write this post is because I know that sometimes things get out of our hands and we become workaholics. You need to ask yourself one thing, do you really want to look back at your life and think that all you did was work?
I hope you liked today’s post, and let me know how you manage your time.