There’s a thin line that we all walk when trying to balance the many pieces of our lives – working, socializing, relationships, hobbies, and other adventures. Finding this balance is not always easy. I have been struggling for many years to live in a place of equilibrium, as have many of my friends.
Living in New York was like being in a state of perpetual imbalance. I lived for work. My life was all about Carnegie Hall and the work I was doing there. The events we had, people I met and concerts we promoted were the center of my everything. Even my social life came in at second best – the relationships in my life should have been higher up.
A big part of my move to Austin was based on the realization that I needed to counteract my over-dedication to work. A big part of Austin is the high importance on one’s personal life, and generally being happy. I constantly find myself checking in on my work-life balance. It is sometimes funny to see me catching myself – sometimes it’s as simple as watching a video on YouTube that will make me laugh or smile.
I’ve learned a few tricks to keeping myself in check:
- Outdoor activity – I bike to and from work everyday. It helps me avoid the stress of sitting int traffic. I get in a light workout to start my day. And it wakes me up before starting the work day. For the few days that I cannot bike to work, I make sure to take a 20-30 minute walk outside at some point of the day. I love getting some vitamin D and fresh air.
- Music – This is my personalized escape from the chaos. When I listen to music, it always lightens my mood and takes me to a happy place. Thank goodness for Pandora and my iPod.
- Friday Nights – I dedicate one night each week to be alone with me. Friday nights work best because I’m usually tired from the week of work and activities.
- Water – Getting up and away from my desk every 45 minutes or so is so important. I make sure to drink lots of water, and the time it takes to get up for it helps me remind myself that there is more than just work to do.