Hi all – my honest apologies for disappearing for a while. Part of being new to the work force, especially in PR, is learning how to balance work and life. Unfortunately, I was obviously not as great as I would hope I would be going into it. Now that I have learned a little bit more about how to get better at balancing, I will absolutely be back on Mondays at 8:45AM and Wednesdays at 7:15PM. For those who are also struggling, these are my tips for you:
Take an actual lunch break. This one seems obvious but it really isn’t always when you are working in a business that heavily relies on LA, your lunch can be and will be delayed often. I think it is so important to try to take lunch before 2:30 and to take at least a half an hour AWAY from your desk. I know my co-workers and I absolutely love to walk around and grab food and take the time.
Don’t check email during the night. If you wake up, avoid touching your phone. It will not only give you a better night sleep but it will also allow yourself time to rest and regroup for the next day.
Don’t check your phone when you are with company. At the dinner table, at brunch, on the subway, watching a movie, or any down time you are with a friend please do yourself the favor and do not check your phone. If it rings and it is a client, that is another story, but do not seek out a reason to be on your phone.
Prioritize. Once at a job for a while, you will learn what is really important and what has to get done and what can be done the next day. Once you realize that and know important activities happening during each day, you can then take the time you are not in the office to enjoy yourself.
Do what makes you happy. If that is cooking then take the time out of your day to cook. Tonight for the first time in what feels like years, I cooked and then baked cookies right after and it was not only relaxing but fun.
The healthiest thing you can do for yourself is to have a good work/life balance. Please take it from me that it might not come right away, once you start hitting a stride in your workplace is when the balance will make more sense. Happy Monday! x