Over the weekend, I came across the below tweet from actress Candace Cameron Bure:
After reading these words, I thought “that is me!” I just can’t relax no matter what. I can’t tell you the last time I sat through an entire movie (good thing, I don’t go to the movie theatre often) and I’m always looking for ways to sneak in a few minutes of work or to just do something. For example, I had a family birthday party on Saturday and didn’t get home until 10 pm. The first thought I had was “I have some time before bed, what work can I get done?”
Then, it hit me.
It was 10 o’clock on a Saturday night and I didn’t have to do anything. My work could wait until tomorrow or Monday. I could go to bed early, watch a movie, or read a book.
This is a constant challenge for me — balancing work and relaxation. I LIVE by my to-do lists, but I also live by the spontaneity of life. No one wants to look back on their life and think about all the work they accomplished. Instead, people want to remember all the fun times they had enjoying life.
Since I have started working from home, it has been harder to find a balance. However, I have begun turning off my computer around dinner time and not doing any work before 9 am. Also, I try to limit my to-do list items on the weekend and add in more time for my family and friends. Whenever I have an extra 5 minutes, the thought “should I work or not” does come into my mind. But, I rationalize it with thinking “how much work I am really going to get done in this short amount of time?” Instead, the time could be filled with taking a short walk, listening to music, or relaxing.
Creating a balance is a daily practice. You have to prioritize what has to get done for the day and what you think should get done. I have learned that many things aren’t as important as you think and they can wait until tomorrow. Just don’t hold off on too many things. Otherwise, you’ll create more stress for yourself and have to work overtime.
What are your tips for creating a work and relaxation balance?