Maintaining Work-Life Balance When You Live a Hectic Life
As a Recruitment Consultant for Finance and Accounting, my work weeks are very hectic. I go to work at 8am, start screening CVs and then ringing candidates that have applied for my jobs. Following, I would usually a morning meeting and then start Business Development (BD) calls until lunch.
Lunch is at my desk while I read other blogs (In The Frow and The Retro Flame are two of my favourites) and then I visit my clients on finance teams that hire on a temporary basis. My business is primarily focused in commerce and industry (e.g. retail, media, construction, software). I love experiencing the culture of other offices (and of course seeing what they wear!)
After work finishes at 6.30pm, I hop on the tube to travel home, make dinner (something quick; I hate cooking) and work on my blog. Twice a week, I’ll go to hot yoga. Often, I feel so busy, I feel like a rat running on a wheel and any second my legs are going to fly out from under me haha.
When I was at Uni in NZ, I don’t think I did much apart from study, work and party. Over the past few years, I’ve discovered the importance of taking care of yourself physically and mentally. And even more so now when working a busy and potentially stressful job.
Here are my tips for *trying* to maintain work/ life balance when your life is chaotic:
No doubt if you are following me on Instagram and watching My Story on Saturdays, you will see I have a sliiiight obsession with soccer/ football. I have loved playing a team sport again the last couple of years! Not only is it a great way to meet people, but I always love getting outdoors on Clapham Common and I feel like I always start my weekend off feeling fantastic and empowered.
I think fear of commitment puts a lot of my colleagues off team sport; many opt for independent runs or gym workouts. There are many social teams where this isn’t an issue, and you will probably be surprised at the variety of locations, times and activities – around London especially.
My colleagues laugh at the numerous hobbies I’ve had over the years – skiing, water skiing, singing, acting, guitar, painting, tap dancing (to name a few). I haven’t been great at maintaining them over the years, and I’m not sure why? I guess my interests change. These days, as you know, I’m very busy with this blog. I bought a Nikon D5300 with a 1.5g 35mm lens and have been LOVING taking pictures; especially still life images of makeup and fashion.
Many of my colleagues love cooking which I admire. Rosemary, my roomie, is into jazz dancing, sewing and learning French - I think it’s very important to make time for activities outside of work that you enjoy and to actually DO them. It’s so easy after a long day to go home and blob on the couch watching Keeping Up with the Kardashian’s or Catfish.
Regrettably, there was a while recently where I didn’t read at all as I was just so busy with work! I’ve picked the books back up again and borrowed one from my colleague Steve – ‘Rich Dad, Poor Dad,’ have you heard of it? Robert Kiyosaki advocates the importance of being financially independent and building wealth through starting a business, investing, and improving your financial intelligence. The tube is where I manage to find time for reading.
Reading is good for reducing stress, expanding your vocabulary, analytical thinking, memory retention, and concentration – all which will make you even more kick-ass in your job.
FIND A MOMENT
Whether it’s meditating, going for a run, pausing to people watch, or sitting at a café sipping coffee, it’s important to spend time doing nothing with yourself. Being continually busy leaves no room in our minds for new ideas.
London especially has some nice parks (which are usually very peaceful – a difference between NYC and London!) which I love exploring by myself in the summer.
KEEP A JOURNAL
For the last few years I have kept a journal to write out all my goals and ideas. I feel I have a busy mind and it feels difficult at times to organise my thoughts. I like to keep a small black journal and carry it in my handbag. Writing is associated with mental and emotional benefits such as minimising stress, increasing confidence and helps form better habits.
So, on Saturday with Rosemary (we were having drinks and nibbles at The No. 32 Old Town), we established that neither of us had been out since New Years. These days, I do struggle to go out - I always feel so tired in the weekend (and it's very cold in London so I want to stay in!) Instead of partying at the moment, I'd much rather catch friends for a meal, walk, or activity of some sort. Whatever you do, it's important to get yourself out there.
GET A GOOD NIGHTS SLEEP
I think this point follows on nicely from my previous- too often I see people working very hard at work, socialising A LOT, and compromising their sleep. It's all about striking a happy medium.
Hopefully, this was of use to you guys! I would love to hear your thoughts and what works for you - I really hate feeling burnt out!! To keep up to date, you can find me on Instagram (@deals_in_high_heels), Facebook (Deals in High Heels) or Pinterest (briar_prestidge).
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What are your tricks of the trade to survive a hectic lifestyle?
Briar Prestidge xx