It’s official! After a bit of traveling, family time and rest, I’m finally in the Nash full-time. If you live in the area and you’re a reader, I’d love to meet up with you! I had some folks reach out on Instagram, so keep ’em coming.
It was a busy week with lots of organizing, purchasing of all-the-furniture (because, hello, I sold everything) and trying to figure out how to do this whole WFH thing full-time. For the past two-and-a-half months I let myself transition well out of NYC, so I was really only working part-time. (Quite frankly, moving was a full-time job.) So, this week was all about organizing my days, recognizing when it is time to quit and forcing myself to leave my little oasis of an apartment complex. Seriously people. My apartment? It’s a dream.
Though most of you don’t have your own businesses, you totally understand the “quitting time” conundrum. It’s really hard to leave work and actually LEAVE work. When I worked for other companies, I always brought the stress of the day home with me. Whether it was my Blackberry (thank goodness I’m done with those finance days) that was glued to my side or the emotional stresses of leadership changes or even just frustrations that I didn’t get as much accomplished as I wanted to – it was hard to leave it at the door before I got home. Now, I know, it’s going to be even harder.
Here are some resources and things I’m doing to maintain some sanity:
Finding ways to unwind
I worked with my friend, mentor and now health coach (!!!) Amber Gentry of Health and Discovery to come up with some ways to decompress that don’t involve wine. When I lived in NYC with the girls (who I miss dearly btw) we would often have wine at the end of the night and chat about our days. Now that I don’t have that, drinking wine by myself sounds sad. And it’s probably better that I’m not slugging them back every night. So instead, we’re incorporating bubble baths, hikes, swimming in my pool, watching a documentary or sipping on some kombucha. Honestly, driving around and singing some tunes in my new car sounds just as glorious. Find your thing.
Managing my time
Knowing when you are most productive and when you are most sluggish is just as important as knowing when it’s time to call it a day. For me, I’ve realized that mornings are the times when I can get the most done. And around 4PM I need to either take a nap or just step away from my computer because I get absolutely nothing done. I’m also trying to figure out what makes the most sense in terms of ending for the day. But once I’m able to figure out that time, I’m going to be very firm with myself to put the work away and let the Part 2 of my day begin.
Because I just moved into a new apartment that I’m trying to nest and make a home, the chores really are endless at this point. When I lived in New York I always avoided these tasks at the end of the day. But what I’ve come to find, is that it’s actually therapeutic to use my hands, clean and organize. It might work for you too! And you’ll feel productive. Put on a documentary or some Frank Sinatra while you’re doing it and it’ll be even better!
Some other snippets on work-life balance from around the web:
What about you – what are you doing to implement some better W-LB? I want to hear below!
The one where Nashville became home and other work-life balance things
July 21, 2017