All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, but when Jack grows up to be very rich, he will laugh at all of us from a lounge chair looking out at his infinity pool. At least, that’s what I tell myself after a 70-hour work week. Don’t get me wrong, I love my job, but I’m 23 and I didn’t move to Hollywood to spend my weekends merely recuperating.
Competition in today’s workplace is fierce. My friends and I graduated in a tough economy and many of us work in entertainment — an industry that demands long hours and moves quickly. Achieving a work-life balance is further complicated by technology and the illusion that just because we can communicate messages instantly, we should. As a Personal Assistant, I’m usually on-call 24/7 — here are a few of my survival tips for busy girls like me.
They are awesome because the day hasn’t started yet. No one is calling or emailing me and it’s something I can check off my list before I’ve even started my work day.
Leaving for lunch
It’s easy to get caught up in feeling like I’m so busy that lunch is impossible, but let’s face it — I’m not saving lives here. Taking a breather helps me stay focused for the rest of the day. It doesn’t hurt that I work on the beach.
My schedule fills up inevitably, but staying organized allows me to determine priorities. This way, when I need to call it a night, it’s easy to decide what can wait.
Not sleeping next to my phone
When I slept with my phone on my nightstand, I found that any time I opened my eyes, I’d feel obligated to go through emails. Even when something urgent came through, I’d have to wait until morning to deal with it. So, there was no point to sleeping with my phone.
Building in downtime
Without “me” time, I start to feel like I’m just spinning my wheels, which leads to an inevitable burn out. So, whether it’s a night in or dinner out, dedicating time to anything but working lets me recharge.