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How To Hack Your Work Life Balance When Living Abroad

by Abigail Gable

You’ve done it. You made the switch from the 9-5 grind and you’re working remotely, doing what you love. You’re seeing the world, meeting new people, and thriving off of your new job.

Now that you’re settling in though, you may be beginning to struggle with your new life, especially when you’re the one creating the workflow, and you may find that some things are falling by the wayside. In short, you’re having a hard time starting to balance your personal life, with your full-time job.

I could go over the many beautiful benefits of having a job that lets you create your schedule, but you already know all of that. You may have already known the cons too, while you researched this job. But a few calls missed, or a deadline forgotten may have you worried you’re juggling too much. So how do you begin balancing the two most important things in your life? Here are some starters of how to better your balance in life

First off, remember to breathe. Yes, it's advice that’s you hear everywhere, but there’s a reason why. When you’re feeling rushed and frantic between deadlines and trying to keep up friendships, just pause for a moment and breathe. Sit with yourself and “check in” to see how to are. If you were a stressed friend, you would do the same for them. Do you need water? Drink some. Sometimes just pausing and talking with yourself can help direct you towards the correct priorities.

Set Goals. You have 5 projects to get done in one week, emails to respond to, its your best friend’s birthday in two days, and you haven’t planned your food plan for the week yet, and lord knows you haven’t fit any time in for yourself this week. If it's all feeling like too much, maybe you need to start setting goals. Start small. Work on project one for 3

hours, in small 25 minute intervals, with 2-minute breaks in between (look it up, its called the “Pomodoro called”). After that, you can reward yourself with a chat with the bestie, or get your nails done. Plan ahead and set realistic goals depending on a specific timeline.

Have off days. If you’re working long days at a time, you’re bound to get burnt out. If you’re doing nothing but partying long into the nights, you’ll eventually fade out. Have a day a week, or every other week, where you’ve planned NOTHING. On those days, go with your whim. Write down your thoughts. Watch people in the coffee shop. Read that novel you’ve wanted to. Don’t plan anything, and your mind will benefit. We usually come up with the best ideas when we’re at rest.

Be consistent. Stay consistent with sleep patterns and habits, try and have a consistent exercise regime, and stick to your plans. Once you’re in a pattern, it can be easier to eventually put more into your schedule.

Research. Not everyone has the same needs and habits. So research and feel free to try ways that may help you balance your life and work better. Look up apps, try therapy, see what bullet journaling is all about. Once you find something that fits you, as you are, you’ll feel so much more at ease.

 

And lastly, Be Kind. First, to yourself. You are an individual with individual needs and experiences. Your limit is different from the person next to you. Your beginnings and endings are different. Remember, its not a race. And Be Kind to others. Its more likely that you and the person next to you share a lot more in common than you think. You can learn from yourself and from each other and build a better collective community together.

Research. Not everyone has the same needs and habits. So research and feel free to try ways that may help you balance your life and work better. Look up apps, try therapy, see what bullet journaling is all about. Once you find something that fits you, as you are, you’ll feel so much more at ease.

And lastly, Be Kind. First, to yourself. You are an individual with individual needs and experiences. Your limit is different from the person next to you. Your beginnings and endings are different. Remember, its not a race. And Be Kind to others. Its more likely that you and the person next to you share a lot more in common than you think. You can learn from yourself and from each other and build a better collective community together.

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