Lesson #14: Say “no” to working around the clock to create a work/ personal life balance.
—Colleen Miller, Class of 2011
In the past, I allowed myself to become overwhelmed by my job, equating hard work with long hours to get ahead. I didn’t succeed, I became grumpy, and my work suffered.
By scheduling time to pursue my own personal and career interests, take care of my health, and maintain my important relationships, I found fun and challenging work in an industry I’m passionate about. My time outside of the office makes me a better thinker, more creative, and more focused at my job.
I now use my calendar to schedule time for reading, writing, drawing, cooking, playing sports, traveling, and simply being quiet and alone. The balance finally feels right. By maintaining the things that I love, I am a happier woman, a better mom, and a more successful designer.
Colleen Miller is an Interaction Designer at Scripps Networks Interactive, New York City, NY, USA.