Navigating the world of employment is often an enduring process. From applying to interviewing to growing in your career, it can be challenging and complicated trying to manage and balance it all.
Despite work being a different experience for us all, one thing that remains consistent and applicable is the importance of building boundaries between your personal and professional life. It is vital to create some middle ground between the two to avoid burnout, feelings of stress, anxiety and angst.
We know it is definitely easier said than done. But it is necessary to remember that your work should not become your entire life. You should allow yourself to enjoy and prioritise other things in life, aside from your job. You should be able to leave work at work and focus on other things, like hobbies, family, friends and your wellbeing.
This is where working to live comes in. To work to live is to live in a way where you earn resources to sustain your lifestyle and interests.
Working to live does not mean that you do not care or perform well in your role. It simply means that your career is not more of a priority than other things in your life, but an equal measure.
Below are our tips and tricks to help you navigate employment and begin working to live!
Do Your Research
Researching a company/role before you begin your application is essential. In researching a company, you will get an insight into its practices, policies, ethics and the experiences of others with the company. Through this, you will be able to understand how or whether this company will be a good fit for you. You can assess whether it will allow you to have a healthy work-life balance. Through research, you will be able to find out if the company or role will be too demanding and whether the company’s practices align with what you’re looking for.
Researching will allow you to make an informed decision. It will ensure you feel prepared in your application process and comfortable expressing your needs as an employee.
In the interview process, it is important to remember that this is also an opportunity for you to find out more about the role and the company. Be bold with the questions you ask. Use this time to determine whether the company and role are a good fit for you. Going into any career or role as informed as possible will allow you to create a healthy relationship with it from the beginning. You will be able to learn what is expected of you and how you can deliver on this in a healthy and well-measured way.
Know Your Worth
Self-belief is an important skill to master and carry throughout your life. There is really nothing that you cannot do. It is vital that you know and emphasise what you can bring to the table. Stressing how capable you are will ensure others treat you accordingly.
With how cut-throat the world of employment is, by knowing what you deserve, you will set expectations of how to be treated and you will know when to take a step back or leave when your expectations are not being met.
No job should leave you feeling less than, undeserving, or stressed out. In knowing your worth, you can make sure this does not happen.
Remember, it’s Just a Job
At any stage of your career, you should always remind yourself that your job is literally just that, a job.
Taking time for yourself and prioritising yourself is more than ok. It is something you should do regularly and without hesitation. Building boundaries can aid in improving your mental health, reduce burnout and help you create and enjoy a healthy and happy career.
Yes, your job is important and a priority. But its importance does not outweigh that of your well-being, exciting experiences, and quality time with family and friends.
Working to live encourages you to develop a healthier perspective and outlook on your career. It encourages you to make choices that allow you to make yourself a priority. In doing so, it ensures that your adult life does not revolve entirely around your professional life and successes.