Special thanks to Liz Theresa for taking over my blog while I’m in LA today.
Every weekday morning at around 7:45am, I pour a cup of coffee and watch one hour of television before I check my phone or open my inbox.
This factoid shocks my friends and fellow entrepreneurs. They’re reaction is all, “Ain’t nobody got time for that!”
The truth is that they got time, but AIN’T NOBODY MAKIN’ THE TIME. I make my morning ritual a PRIORITY because it is key for helping me maintain a healthy work-life balance.
Work-life balance is a term that gets thrown about a lot to the point where now, I feel like it’s lost most of its meaning and sense of urgency. Being a personal brand, I have to make a very concerted effort to keep the Liz Theresa the online world sees separate from real-life Liz.
In the wise words of George Costanza, “Ah, you have no idea of the magnitude of this
thing. If she is allowed to infiltrate this world, then George Costanza as you know him, Ceases to Exist! You see, right now, I have Relationship George, but there is also Independent George. That’s the George you know, the George you grew up with — Movie George, Coffee shop George, Liar George, Bawdy George… If Relationship George walks through this door, he will Kill Independent George! A George, divided against itself, Cannot Stand!”
In other words, the Work version of You is actually capable of murdering the You of your personal life. Brutal, right?
To protect Personal You from Work You, you have to make sure you invest your time accordingly. If you are a workaholic, you may not have seen the Personal You in a while. The Personal You is probably bummed out and sleeping most of the time. Here are some ways you can keep your worlds from colliding.
Create your own morning ritual.
Everybody does something. What will chill you out? What requires almost no stress? For me, it’s coffee and Netflix. What is it for you?
Say yes to a social event at least once per week.
This will also help Personal You. And a work event is not a social event. The goal is that you are spending time doing things purely for fun, no inhibitions.
Treating yourself can be doing little things (like grabbing Starbucks) or big things (like planning a European vacation). Just make sure to be doing something for you. It’s OK to be a little selfish and indulge every once in a while. Heck, it is GOOD for you.
Think work-life balance doesn’t matter? Wanna say something? Leave it in the comments.
LIZ THERESA is an online business expert who helps women launch and build online businesses they love. When she isn’t designing logos, building websites, writing brilliant copy, or giving awesome advice to good-looking entrepreneurs, she likes to play video games, drink really good red wine, and hang out with her friends on trivia night. Liz hails from Boston and is a proud US Air Force wife.
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