Q: I am reentering practice and am wondering how I’m going to be able to work and continue to have a life.
A: Sometimes it’s a matter of mindset and discipline. Adherence to unnecessarily high or unattainable standards will sap your ability to leave the office and to leave the work for another day. I advise you to be satisfied with good enough, when it’s truly good enough, and when you need to strive for excellence, don’t confuse it with perfection. I also suggest you use your calendar for your work and your personal life, and that you treat each entry as a priority.
As you begin your new job, be mindful of the expectations you set as to your hours and your availability. It’s hard to cut back on either after you establish a pattern…so be sure you’re working hard without overextending yourself on a regular basis. That way, once you’re readjusted to working, you won’t find that it’s overtaken your life.
Commit and recommit regularly to managing your work and your life, and find healthy ways to relieve the stress of keeping that balance. It’s worth the effort.