Maintaining balance between the different parts of your life, from work to hobbies to family and friends, can take a lot of energy. Make things easier on yourself by using the "rule of four" to focus on what is really important to you. Image from donnieray.
Sometimes it can be hard to keep work from creeping into your personal time, especially if you have an overbearing boss. Chelsea Fagan, writing at The Financial Diet, explains how she keeps balance between her work and personal life.
For me, I have created the "Rule of Four" to make sure I am constantly diversified and balanced in this regard, and always ready to say "no" to more work if it means throwing off the equilibrium. The "Rule of Four" is simple — I must always have four concrete, tangible things in my life that make me feel happy, that make me feel like myself, that I devote time and energy to, and that I am actively constructing.
For example, you might choose work, exercise, family and a hobby you're passionate about as your areas of focus. You don't have to limit your rule to four things, just stick to the idea that by limiting the number of things you commit your time and energy to, you end up with more things that you enjoy and don't overcommit yourself to work, favours and projects for other people.
The "Rule of Four" That Keeps Me Focused, Productive, and Fulfilled [The Financial Diet]