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Balancing a Nine to Five & Busy Social Life

Do y’all ever feel overwhelmed between working your regular 9 to 5 job, and having a life outside of it? I know there are times I sure do! On a normal day I work until five, trek across town (usually full of road rage because Jacksonville drivers amiright?), get to my work out (burn off that road rage), go home, shower, have dinner, and by that time I feel like it’s time to go to sleep and do it all again the next day. The regular grind can be EXHAUSTING. Mix in a busy social life and you may just feel like you’re constantly running on a hamster wheel!

Life happens, so there will be always be those times where you get overwhelmed and feel like it’s hard to stay afloat. I’ve tried to create some work-life balance to prevent that drowning feeling. Here are my five tips to make your work and social life feel more balanced:

1. Make your work space work for you:

Most of us spend more time at work than we do at home during the week, so make it a positive space that works for you. Try adding some fun, light decorations to your office, and organize your desk and furniture to best fit you. The first thing I did when I moved into my current office was rearrange the furniture and add a few pops of color!

If you are in a cubicle or shared work space, try less permanent ways to personalize or set yourself up in a comfortable way each day to fit your needs.

I feel like I do my best work when I’m in a space I enjoy and feel comfortable in.

2. Make sure you’re spending your work time wisely:

I LOVE having an organized work day. I’m a huge fan of task lists, and mapping out what needs to be done each day. I usually take a few minutes each Friday to map out the tasks I have for the next week. Monday is much less daunting when you know what is ahead of you, and you have a plan of attack. Of course, there will always be those one offs and fires that need to be put out right away, but an overall plan can make those situations much less stressful.

Also, when I know everything at work is taken care of I have a much easier time leaving work at work, and being fully present to enjoy my social time.

3. Make sure you aren’t over committing yourself:

This applies to both work life and social life. At work this has been a hard one for me because I’d love to do everything myself. However, learning how to say “I have too much on my plate” and delegate tasks to employees has been a HUGE help to my career. You’re more effective when you aren’t overloaded.

At the same time it is okay to pass on plans if you’ve over extended yourself, or even if you just want to take a night off from socialization and stay in. You won’t die from FOMO!

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4. Make time to blow off steam:

This is SO important. Taking time to take care of yourself and de-stress makes you a better employee and a better friend because you can be more present when your mind is clear.

For me this is taking time, four to five days a week, to go for a run or go to my Pure Barre classes. Physical exercise is my favorite way to clear my head and let the stress go.

It doesn’t matter if it’s a workout, or just taking 10-15 minutes a day to walk away from your desk and catch your breath, make sure you are taking a little time to take care of YOU!

5. Make the most of your weekend:

I like to make sure that by Friday evening I’m ready to cut loose and just enjoy my two days of no work. I like to leave work behind and just enjoy my time to be with my husband, to socialize with friends and family and just to enjoy a break.

Leaving work behind can often mean day-to-day chores too. I try to cram those errands and tasks into the already busy week, so that when the weekend comes I am completely free.

There is zero shame in using your weekend to recharge if you can.

Keep rockin’ it boss ladies, you’re doing great!!!

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