Recent College Graduate Expert’s Tip of the Month – January

What Comes First – Work or Life?

By Nancy Barry
Author of When Reality Hits: What Employers Want Recent College Graduates to Know

There may be days when you say, “I don’t have a life!” Sure you do; you have a great life. It’s just different from the great life you had in college.

You can have both a successful career and a life. It’s all about setting boundaries and maintaining a vision of what truly matters. It’s easy to let your work take over your personal life, so it’s important to be able to remove yourself mentally from your job when you leave the office. Be careful not to lose perspective of what’s most important.

Be a team player and be dedicated, but set limits for yourself. You can’t go into the office on Monday refreshed and recharged if you spent the entire weekend working. There will be times when you need to work long hours; just don’t do it day after day, week after week, year after year.

If you find you have to work long hours all the time, take a look at your workload and productivity level. Are you being as productive as you can be? Or is your job truly too much for one person to handle? If it’s the latter, have a conversation with your boss. She wants you to be successful. She hired you because you were the best candidate for the position and doesn’t want you to get burned out.

If you feel that you don’t have a life anymore, keep notes on how you spend your time. Review the list and analyze what’s getting the most time. Is it in line with your priorities? Is it in line with what you want to be known for? You’ll always find time for what’s most important to you.

~ Nancy Barry, Recent College Graduate Expert, Campus Calm

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