Being passionate and dedicated to the work you do is a surefire path to success. But in the lives of many driven people, there comes a time when work begins to overtake other aspects of your life that are vital to living a full, happy, healthy existence. Here are five habits you’re probably practicing that are preventing you from achieving that fabled work-life balance.
1. SUPERHERO SYNDROME
Just because you’re a top performer doesn’t mean you should act the hero. Ruthlessly prune extra work to all but the most critical of projects. As they say, there will always be more work – don’t let it take over every moment of your day.
2. ARTIFICIAL URGENCY
Create very specific ways to determine the actual priority of each project, markers that indicate whether taking a few extra days on something will actually affect your business.
3. UNDEFINED BOUNDARIES
When we take work home, we may feel like we’re staying on top of everything, but in fact, without strict compartmentalization between work and life, neither is able to reach the heights that true focus will deliver. Draw a line in the sand and stick to it.
4. NO BUFFER
In order to even out your workload, you need to leave some space in your schedule for unanticipated events. One way to fix this is to create a 50% extra window of time for everything you need to accomplish.
5. CHASING TIME
It’s easy to constantly focus on what’s next, feeling as if you’re always behind the ball. But it’s vital that you commit to living in the moment as much as possible. And whatever you do, don’t forget that your mental health is just as important as that pile of work you have waiting on your desk.