How to Make a Balance between Doing what you Love and what Needs to be Done

Steff Holloway

17 March, 2018

There are times when we want to do something that we love but are stuck with work at office or chores at home. For some, this is not an issue as they are lucky to have a career that encapsulates their passion. But majority blame there job, boss, or wife, etc. for not being able to do what excites them. Not to mention that one shouldn’t ignore their responsibilities and should always try to fulfill them. But according to a report by the Conference Board, the New York-based nonprofit research group,  52.3% are unhappy at work. That’s more than half the people. There are multiple reasons for being unhappy at a job, but we are not here to discuss them. What is important to note is being unhappy with your job affects every other thing in your life. That’s why it’s crucial to learn how to strike a balance between what you love and what needs to be done and eventually be a satisfied individual.

What can be Done?

While it might seem hard to manage the two but it’s certainly not impossible. It can be done! And we will help you do it. It’s all about making time and small adjustments. Just follow the following points, and you will have a much better passion-work balance:

#1. Stop being a perfectionist

Being a perfectionist is excellent, but it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. Everyone wants to be perfect, but the reality is no one is. So, stop running after making things perfect. Yes, do give your best but don’t overdo things. There is a fine line between the two and be sure to monitor yourself so that you don’t cross that line. If you unfortunately do, you will eventually hamper your productivity, and you will have to work longer to achieve tasks. “Striving for excellence motivates you; striving for perfection is demoralizing,” said Harriet Braiker best-selling author, psychologist. By not going after perfectionism you will be able to achieve your tasks before deadlines and save precious time for your much-loved tasks.

#2. Make Schedules

It is a great way to manage time efficiently, and it also helps in summarizing tasks. Make a schedule or a to-do list in the morning that lists all the tasks that need to be completed in a day. Well, add your house chores into that list too because they will also eat up your time. You can either go old fashioned and use pen & paper for that or just use your convenient smartphone where you can find multiple apps that will ease your work of scheduling. Assigning time is the next thing to do here. Allot time to each task which will not only help you complete the tasks on time, but it will also save time which you might waste on over-doing, as we discussed in the above point, those tasks which, of course, you will be able to utilize on your beloved activities.

#3. Set Limits

This will be good for both work or anything that you tend to overdo. For example, if you tend to work for 10 hours a day limit that to 8 hours. What this will do is motivate to complete the task in hand within the specified time for which you will automatically cut down on time wasters as casual net surfing and unnecessary breaks. This will help you in becoming more focused and efficient. On the other hand, don’t overdo things which you love too. Like you won’t even get tired, and you can spend hours playing on your PS4. Just limit your activities as per the availability of time you have.

#4. Do tasks with a partner

Having a partner in any task will make you more responsible, and you will try to finish it on time. Like if you want to join a gym but unable to do that due to some reason try joining a gym with a partner who is a regular goer. He will motivate you to do that task and not skip it.

#5. Stay within your limits

Be punctual, staying focused and finishing the task before the deadline will give you enough time for other lovely activities. It’s important to know how much responsibility you can handle and not overloading yourself with them. It will only lead to disappointment and delays.

#6. Avoid procrastination

It’s a big-time killer. Don’t delay tasks. Like we discussed earlier schedule your tasks and did that on time. As Mason Cooley said, “Procrastination makes easy things hard, hard things harder.” Overthinking is the culprit here. Just stop over-thinking about things and get up and start doing them. You will feel much more satisfied.

#7. Love your job

“If you love what you do, you will never have to work a day in your life.” These words say it all. Try to love what you do. You will automatically work hard and complete your tasks on time. There must be something you like about your current job. Think of it and keep that in mind to feel motivated. But if you hate your current job for some reason or your job is not letting you do the things you love even after you trying hard then it’s time to switch your job. Look for a job that’s more in tune with your passion or at least gives you time to pursue your passion.

Conclusion

It’s not tough to balance what you love and what needs to be done, but it will take a lot of self-discipline for this to happen. It’s all about making little adjustments here and there which will let you have best of both worlds and leave you satisfied and motivated.