How to Successfully Integrate Your Work into Your Life

Ease chaos with these 8 steps

Relax and dive deep into self-discovery. Getty

Self-discovery adventures are challenging because you are venturing into the unknown.  Perhaps this is why we resist going on them.  It may be bit scary but what adventure isn’t?  

Are you looking forward to your next vacation so you can get a break from the chaos?  What if you were able to resolve some of that chaos while you were on vacation?

Vacation is a time for rest but it’s also a great time to self-evaluate.

  You aren’t being tugged in a million directions (hopefully the only place you’re being tugged to is the water) and you are more rested than usual.  So although I’m suggesting to do “work” during vacation trust that it'll be worth it.

Here are 8 self-discovery adventures you can start so that when you return from break life won't feel as chaotic.

1.  Start a journal.

One of the best pieces of advice I give to Working Moms is to write down your thoughts.  Working Moms have so much going on in our head it’s challenging to keep things straight.  Take the time during vacation to shop for a journal you’d enjoy opening each day.  Once yous start this habit you’ll be surprised the things you can figure out.

2.  Set a goal to hit by the end of the year.

Accomplishment is a great feeling!  That’s why many of us keep to-do lists so we can check things off.  Why not think of a big goal that you’d love to put a big check mark next to while sitting on the beach?

  Make it a big stretch goal that scares you to death.  While staring up at the clouds and feeling the warm sand between your toes let fear slip away while you imagine all of your possibilities.  Then commit to it because constantly thinking about it.

3.  Define your personal values.

When you know who you are and what you stand for it’s easier to make those tough decisions in life.

  It also helps people understand and work with you better.  Start brainstorming about words that best describe you when you start your journal.

4.  Create a self-care regime.

What have you done over the past six months that you wish you could do more of?  Or what have you put off that you know you’d really enjoy?  Start jotting down things that you’d like to do in order to take better care of you.  When you are happy your family will be even happier.

5.  Examine how you use your mommy energy.

Mommy Energy is a precious personal energy source all Moms are gifted with to get everything they need to get done done.  So how do you use your personal energy?  Are there times during the day that you are just zapped?  Is there times during the day or week that you are just full of energy that you are doing it all?  What can you do to boost your Mommy Energy?

6.  Look at the choices you’ve been making.

Have you been making brave work/life choices?  Have your choices go along with your values and priorities?  It takes courage to make those tough calls and it also takes preparation.  If you start thinking about some bad choices don’t beat yourself up over them just learn from them.  How can you make better decisions in the future?

7.  How is your support system holding up?

How is everyone supporting you these days?  Is it up to par or is something bother you?  Sometimes you need to retire members and recruit new ones.  Go through your Inventory to see if you need to clean out your support system.

8.  Map out all that you do.

You can manage to "do it all".  All that needs to be done is examine everything that you are doing.  Are you working on things that you care about?  Start mind mapping what you’re doing then compare them to the goal that you’ve set and how you’ve been using your mommy energy.  Then take it from there.

 

Who needs a book to escape with when you have your own busy and thrilling life to explore.  Put the book down during your next vacation and spend time with your thoughts to see where you want to take your life.

  Perhaps you want adventure, romance, but not a mystery.  Make the choice to improve you so that you get what you want.