Life just seems to be getting busier all the time. With so many aspects of our daily tasks being streamlined by computer programs or smartphone apps, you would think this would result in a freeing up of more leisure opportunities. If anything, technology is simply eroding what spare time we have, introducing even more distractions, such as addictive social media, not to mention that dating site you love to check out.
For millennials, life can often become one big juggling act as we try balancing careers and relationships, while still finding time to squeeze in hobbies. So how do you achieve a satisfactory balance between these elements?
The truth about this situation
You have to face an undeniable fact about this scenario. There is no ideal way of juggling these factors in order that you can give the appropriate priority to any one of them. From the outset, you need to accept this is a tricky juggling act, and just like magician spinning plates, it is ongoing. There’s no perfect solution. You simply need to pay due attention to each aspect in order to stop those plates crashing to the ground!
Learn to prioritize
The key to making a success of discovering a semblance of balance is prioritization. There is no point approaching this on the fly and reacting to challenges when they occur. You need to be proactive at all times. Identify the occasions where you have to devote all your energies into aspects of your working life, making appropriate amends with your partner. There will be key aspects of your domestic life which will require priority. But as long as you can ensure there are appropriate support measures in place, you should be able to manage that awkward balance.
See work and leisure time as fluid concepts
It is important not to be rigid in your approach. So rather than looking on work as a big block that requires your attention here, your relationship as another block requiring it there, and your outside interests as yet another consideration, look upon each aspect as fluid. The main point of this is you don’t want to create barriers which can become impenetrable. Instead, allow your priorities to ebb and flow according to factors such as time constraints, deadlines, and your ability to provide backup for any situation.
Maintain open lines of communication
The millennial juggling act is often very self-contained, especially when someone is running a home business while maintaining a relationship and hobbies. So another important consideration is to maintain lines of communication between the various players in your enterprise, such as business clients, while keeping your partner in the loop at all times. Never be tempted to try and cope alone as various things pile up, sometimes spiraling out of control. Make sure there is always somebody you can confide in when it comes to alleviating some of the stress.
Ensure your relationship stays strong
The crucial part of this juggling act will be your career since, this is what is going to be driving everything else in terms of providing your income. However, it is so important to appreciate no matter how embroiled you get in chasing deadlines or fretting about financial concerns, you must always set aside time for your relationship. Undoubtedly, your partner will be a willing source of support. By all means, lean on them when it comes to having an ally where difficult decisions are concerned. But you should go much further in terms of being able to completely switch off from the job and devote your energies to your partner.