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Blog: Work Hard & Smart, But Take Care of Yourself

Manny Becerra as a child

February 2011

It's totally fine to work hard, especially in smart ways, however, it's easy to fall into a pattern of working straight-through things, such as meals, in order to get a project done. However, doing this day-in, day-out is not worth your well-being. It's not worth your friendships, and, it's not worth quality time with your family.

"It’s one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, to forgive. Forgive everybody." — Maya Angelou

It's not always going to work out quite nicely also to be overly rigid about stop-and-start times; the work-life balance can be a constant juggling act, however, another way of looking at the idea of work-life balance is to weave elements of both areas of your life into one another. For instance, your work may be better served if you get your friends and family involved in what you do through periodic updates. This way, they better understand your passion(s) and can better support you when you do have those moments when you have to burn through the midnight oil to get a critical project out-the-door. And, similarly, the other way around, let your coworkers know what's important to you and your family so they also understand that you have a life outside of work.

Another way of looking at the idea of work-life balance is to weave elements of both areas of your life into one another.

As Maya Angelou once said, "It’s one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, to forgive. Forgive everybody." I would include foriving yourself. Forgive yourself and praise yourself for doing your best each-and-everyday. On that note, go get 'em and don't forget to take a moment to pause, take care of your well-being and enjoy the company of those around you.

Manny


I am human, a father, and a problem solver: a tech and people leader with a passion and proven track-record in building and leading compassionate, productive teams—remote and on-site—within a continuous learning culture. My teams and I champion usable, inclusive digital products and online experiences. My work, passion and intentions also intersect with advising small businesses and political campaigns, life-long learning, outdoor advocacy, community building, and uplifting others. Learn more about Manny