Is work-life balance a myth in your life at the moment? Do you struggle to find the time to do fun stuff with friends because you’re either working or trying to get some rest after a hectic week at work? Don’t worry, you’re not alone, and there are ways to balance your career and social life. Here are just a few.
Create a social calendar
If you’re trying to succeed at anything - even having a social life - then planning should be the first thing you do. Create a social calendar with your friends, that includes all birthdays, events you want to go to, and vacations. You can also mark the dates when you know you’ll have a lot of work stuff on your plate as “Do Not Disturb” days so that you’re all clear on which days you all can and can’t hang out. You can make a digital calendar that all of you can edit at any time so that everyone’s always on the same page.
No one is super energetic 24/7 - we all certain times of the day when our energy levels are peaking, times when we’re feeling really sociable, and times when we just need to recharge. When trying to find a balance between having an active social life and fulfilling your adulting responsibilities, it’s really important to know your patterns and the time of day when you’re more likely to want to meet a friend for coffee, or sort out your monthly budget. That way, you can plan your schedule around your patterns so you don’t find yourself dreading certain tasks or cancelling appointments because you aren’t really in the mood.
Kill two birds with one stone
Spending time with friends and maintaining hobbies or reaching your fitness goals, don’t have to be mutually exclusive. If you and your friends have the same interests, then it may be a good idea to coordinate your schedules so that you can work out, do yoga or go to painting classes together. This will help you stay on track with your goals and interests while spending time with friends.
If your friends care about you, they’ll understand why you aren’t able to go out with them as often as you used to when all of you were at varsity. It’s good to maintain healthy communication with your friends by listening to them when they need an ear, being understanding and empathetic to their issues, and them doing the same for you. If you build this atmosphere of free, reciprocal communication, then working around schedules and finding time to do stuff together shouldn’t be a big hassle.
Prioritise your mental health
It’s great to be able to juggle your social life, work and whatever other responsibilities that your adulting experience comes with, but the most important thing is still your mental and physical health. Make sure you’re getting enough rest, eating well, and getting time to destress as often as possible. If you need to put your social life on hold in order to focus on your health, then that’s okay - you should always be your first priority.
Adulting comes with a lot challenges, like demanding jobs, student debt that needs to be settled and finances that need to organised. Dealing with these challenges doesn’t mean you can’t have an active social life. In fact, if you make use of the tips we’ve given you, you should be able to balance everything out; but if you find yourself struggling to do this, reach out to us and we can have a chat about it.