How Work/Life Balance Can Improve Your Personal Brand
You look good, you feel good. By taking care of yourself – you in turn build confidence and motivation.
You know, it’s unhealthy to “be on” all the time. You work so hard to develop your personal brand and to breathe it into everything you do. You spend hours making calls or running to meetings that you sometimes put off grabbing lunch or dinner. You want to show your client's that you’re willing to go the extra mile to make things happen, and that’s completely admirable.
Where it begins to get scary is when those extra k's start turning into hundreds of klm's, and I believe there’s a word for that… workaholism.
A workaholic is defined as someone who’s addicted to work.
They’re often the first ones into the office, and almost always the last to leave. They skip their lunch hours to do get more accomplished, and they have trouble shutting off their work brain when they should be engaged in spending time with their family and friends.
Furthermore, while they may feel they’re going above and beyond to make things happen, they can actually be hurting their personal brand. Putting work first too often can leave your audience with the impression that you’re needy, desperate, or not in control. I
t’s important to also show them that you are leading a satisfied life and value a balanced approach to life.
What are some ways you can have a better work-life balance?
Schedule Down Time – When you start to plan out your week or month, make sure that you’re adding time to spend with friends and family. Not only will it give you something to look forward to, but it will also giving you the motivation to complete your work on time so you don’t have to cancel your plans.
Schedule YOU Time – Whether in the morning before work, over your lunch hour, or just before bed – it’s important that you take a little bit of time to focus on YOU. Pick up the phone and chat with a trusted friend. Go for a walk over lunch and recharge.
Unplug from all electronics and clear your mind.
It doesn’t matter what you do during your “me” time – what matters is that you take the time to enjoy it.
Get Up & Move It, Move It – Exercise is an incredible thing. It helps you get your blood flowing, helps you to clear your mind, and the energy you begin to accumulate over time is invigorating! If you’re not one to really work out, start small. Take a 15 minute break the next time you get stressed at work and walk around your building. Physical activities are stress-relieving activities. It’s important to decompress when work gets a bit overwhelming.
What will you do for yourself today?
Life’s too short to be overworking yourself. Make sure you’re taking the time to work on you so that you can stay in control and make the impossible happen for your customers.