We all want to steer clear of burnout. When we get stuck in the vicious cycle of reports, meetings and deliverables, we forget that we have a life outside the walls of our office. There’s nothing wrong with a deep commitment to your career, but when you end up sacrificing things like self-care and quality time with loved ones, you might want to rethink your priorities. 

Here are some points to remember to balance your professional life and personal time—and make the most out of it.

Perfectionism isn’t the key

Perfectionism might develop at a young age when it’s only a time to focus on hobbies and school. Overachievers tend to hold on to perfectionism but as more work falls on their shoulders and responsibilities within the family grow, it gets harder to maintain a perfect streak. The key is not perfectionism but excellence. Be realistic and try to do a little self-analysis at the end of the day. Identify things that could’ve gone better and that would make your work more efficient and satisfying.

Turn on airplane mode

There’s already too much noise in the world, and turning to your phone only heightens that fact. We can’t separate ourselves from technology, especially amid a global health crisis where it’s the only thing that connects us to each other. But this forms the illusion that people are reachable 24/7, even if it’s already after work hours. Making quality time actual quality time will help you develop resilience and give you better control in your life.

Prioritize your health

Physical, mental and emotional health are oftentimes overlooked when people succumb to the demands of the workplace. Why is it that when the pressure of productivity takes over, self-care seems to be easily taken out of the list? Eat. Sleep. Exercise. Meditate. Devote a couple of minutes for deep breaths in the morning. Do quick stretches or run a few laps. These might be little steps, but these can effectively reduce stress and activate your senses. Remember, there’s more that you can achieve when you’re at your best state. 

Take a break

If you really want to be away from all the paperwork and get off the field for a while, a good, well-earned vacation is what you need. Try to go on long trips, even just for a weekend, at least quarterly. Take the time to recalibrate your priorities and restructure your life. What are the things that matter to you? Perhaps letting go of habits and people that drag you down is already long overdue and it’s what you really need right now. Once you’ve reenvisioned your professional life after this break, you’ll be burnout-proof by the time you get back.

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