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FINDING THE PERFECT WORK + LIFE BALANCE

October 12, 2020

It’s no secret that I’m a workaholic. I don’t really like to admit it because I also like to have fun, but I’m starting to realise the truth that I really am obsessed with working. What can I do? I need to work in order to afford the lifestyle that I have, and in order to afford living in different countries. However, how does one find the perfect work and life balance?

I started a new full-time job nearly two months ago and I’m not even going to lie…it’s been pretty hectic. From doing bits and pieces of freelancing gigs here and there in the span of four years, I’ve finally managed to get a job. A proper job, as my parents would say.

Well to be truthful, I wasn’t really looking for work. I had a plan to just bum around for the next five years starting from 2016 and up until 2021. This had been my plan as soon as I graduated from university. Well let me tell you that COVID-19 completely threw away that plan out the window, so I guess here we are. Don’t get me wrong though, I love my work and the people that I currently work with are great. However, when life just throws you a curveball, how well do you think you’ll handle it?

I usually start my day at around 9a. Honestly I try to wake up a lot earlier than that but who am I kidding? I’m not really a morning person…but I try. Around 10a I blast reggaeton in my room and I change into my athleisure. After 30 minutes of trying to “wake up”, I roll out my yoga mat and I do yoga for about 30 minutes. Then I rest for a bit and then I hop into the shower. It should be around 11a, and at this time I’m ready to work on my tasks for the day.

Usually my editors assign two articles for me every single day and each article is about 1,500 words. Sometimes I get to work on one article per day that consists of 3,000 words. I mean, I love it. Ever since I can remember, I’ve always wanted to become a writer. Who would’ve thought that this crazy dream would become a reality? Honestly, hard work is great because you literally can taste the fruit of your labours and it’s awesome.

Anyway, it would take me 3 hours to finish each article and by the time it hits 6p, I’m ready to submit my articles and call it a day. Then I’d try my hardest to do some cardio after that and then another round of shower before I go and face my laptop once again. This time I’m going to be working for different freelance clients or for myself. After all, I still run this website and I still have my photography business. So that’s a lot of tasks to do every single day.

Sometimes I’d get really distracted and I won’t be able to finish my tasks at a reasonable amount of time. Like at some point I found myself working up until 4a. I only stopped working because I forgot to plug my laptop and it kind of died. That’s just me, honestly. I hate not being able to finish my tasks at a certain time, and I hate not meeting my “deadline”.

Okay, I actually always meet my deadlines. However, I set up another deadline that’s a lot earlier than the actual deadline set by my clients. This way I feel more focused and more motivated to work, because I do like working under pressure. I actually don’t know why, but I feel like it just makes me work more efficiently.

So this would be my day every single day. Like I have the time to go out and go for a walk, but I’m choosing not to. Why? Because I’d rather be working. Crazy, I know, and it’s not like this is how I actually want to live my life. It’s just, there really is nothing to do at the moment. Like we can’t go on road trips, we can’t go out to party, we can’t go to the beach, we can’t go to the gym, and we’re all pretty much restricted. I’m really hoping that the day will come when I can go back to working at coffee shops, because that’s just my jam. I love the smell of fresh coffee and I love working with some sugary treats on the side.

That was my life in Mexico City. I would work on my stuff in my favourite cafes and I would just have a blast. This is something that I’m really looking forward to when I go back to Mexico next summer. My life in Mexico City was, most probably, the best and the most laid back I’ve ever felt. I mean, my life in New York City was amazing but that city was so fast paced and I felt like I can never keep up with it. However, I still enjoyed it and I actually miss it…not going to lie.

Today, my work and life balance is still yet to be perfected. I’m still slowly learning to manage my time and to efficiently work in order to save more time. Obviously I would like to do activities that would make me happy like going to the cinema or trying out a new restaurant or cycling around my neighbourhood. These are simple activities that bring me great joy. However, I still can’t do most of these things so until then, I’ll be working…

Damn, that actually sounds so strict-ish. I mean, obviously I’m not working 24/7, because I still like watching Netflix. It’s just, work takes up most of my time these days. I’m not complaining though, and as a matter of fact, I’m pretty grateful that I have a job and that I get to work during one of the most hectic seasons of my life. Thank you, Jesus, indeed!

For now, it’s important for me to set up boundaries. I need to actually stick to the allotted time that I have for work, because more often than not, I’m working way beyond those hours. It can actually also be the fact that I’m still accepting freelance gigs even if I’m already working full-time. No idea why, but I feel more productive this way, and well, I do have to save for a new apartment and for school fees next fall. So I’m just trying to get my grind on. You all know how it is, right?

I feel like setting a schedule is a great way for me to manage my time and to actually see how my workload is looking every single day. I use this amazing app called Trello, and it basically helps me manage my tasks and it just shows me how my work schedule looks like. It’s an amazing tool that’s really made for freelancers and teams and just for everyone who’s looking for that extra organisation. Trello is for free and it’s such an amazing app, and I don’t know what my life would be like without it…not even exaggerating!

I’m curious, how did you manage to find the perfect work and life balance? Help a girl out by sharing your tips and tricks by commenting below! For now, I’ve got some photographs to edit from Singapore…more work, yay! Honestly at this point I’m used to it, and I’m not complaining because I love working. So, I guess that’s it for now.

Be safe out there, friends! I hope to see you all out there on the road very, very soon. Until then, I’ll be typing on my keyboard every single day…because it’s what I do, hahaha. Blessings and have a great week ahead!

“He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”

Micah 6:8 NIV

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