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"Eat, sleep, work, repeat- I need a work-life balance!"

Q: I'm constantly working and because of that, I don't have the energy to do fun things that people my age should be doing. I've tried to create a balance but I don't know how, please help.

A: I've been there, done that- just recently actually which led me to believe that I too could switch houses temporarily until life was less chaotic (because if Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz can do it, so can I!).

We spend 90% of our life at work and it's so easy to let it take over your life, especially when you get home and have life admin on top of that (I totally understand why rich people have cleaners now). As much as people say it's a normal part of life, it really isn't. As humans, we were not designed to work 9-5 and do extra on top of that. If you're that person that can't rest until the workload is done and out the way, you are one very determined individual but you're clearly at a point where it's not working now.

So where do we go from here? I'm not going to tell you to switch off from work, that's way easier said than done and you're not a lamp that can switch on/off on demand. Instead, think about what the reasons are behind this feeling? Do you enjoy your job but you're taking on more than you can chew? Are you an over-perfectionist and feel anxious when tasks aren't completed? Or do you simply hate your job? A lot of us can feel this way when we're bored and need a change or feel overwhelmed and overstimulated, so first you need to figure out why you are feeling this way. Once you can answer that question, then you can start working towards the work/life balance you want.

Lauren's Bird Talk Tips:

  • Say no to carrying out too many tasks at work.

  • Ask your boss for flexy hours.

  • If it continues, take some time out and figure out if you want the job you're in.

  • Have regular lunch breaks at work.

  • Make time for the things you enjoy (hobbies, seeing friends).

  • If you love your job and it's just too much at the moment, remind yourself why you are there in the first place.

  • Create a productive workspace.

  • Accept that you're not a robot that can do everything in one day.

  • Give yourself realistic goals.

  • Schedule events so you have something to look forward to.

Bird Talk xo

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