Similar to any technological device, humans too have a reset button and sometimes it needs to be pressed to get a fresh start. Here is how I maintain a healthy work-life balance.
When was the last time your company encouraged you to take time off?
Taking a mental break, even for just a day or two, allows you the opportunity to hit that reset button. Press that button to remind yourself why you come to work every day, why you choose to stay there, and most importantly what makes you, you.
For me, that reset button is taking time off to reconnect with myself and travel. Travelling has the ability to reignite a flame, inspire a new idea, allow you to learn about yourself, and enjoy life. Life presents incredible opportunities all the time, you just have to go out and get it.
Work for a Company that Appreciates you both Inside and Outside of the Office
I am fortunate enough to work for a company that values me as an employee and my happiness, which is the primary reason I get to travel. Stan Phelps touches base on exactly this with his February 2017 Forbes article, “Want To Inspire A Millennial Driven Workplace, Let Them Travel.” He describes how Millennials value time outside of work more than the workforce has ever experienced. Working for a company that is adapting to this mentality and allowing your employees to take time off for themselves is extremely important for work-life balance. An employee dedicates 40+ working hours per week to their job, so reciprocating that dedication to their personal life goes a long way.
My Dream Adventure
With the full support of my company, I recently took a couple days of vacation during our Thanksgiving time off, to backpack Patagonia! It has always been one of my Bucket List adventures, so when I was encouraged to take time off, I took the opportunity to cross this off my list. I spent my time in the in nature hiking, camping, and reconnecting with myself. It was exactly what I needed to hit my reset button and drive continued motivation in everything I do in life. It reminded me that I am I truly fortunate to have the ability to travel and a support system, such as UE.co. Inspired to give back to my company for the support, I wanted to be an even better employee when I came back to the office.
Spark Creative Thinking
Taking time off can also ignite creative ideas because of the experiences that happen. You meet new people, see different places, and experience different cultures. On my trip to Patagonia, I met an inspiring young American woman, who started her own travel company in Chile. Hearing her story and drive to do something different, sparked an idea for me to take my current role at UE.co to the thinking board. I wanted to see how I could make an even bigger difference as a part of the team. So when I got back from my Patagonia adventure, I put some time on the calendar with the right people and new initiatives began. I am stoked to see what happens next!
My encouragement to you is to see how you too can benefit from a healthy work-life balance.