Part 1: Balancing work and personal life
When you enter the professional world, it is always a challenge to get used to it. The shift can be quite a shock. A lack of preparation and time management skills may create the illusion that time is moving faster. University students, on average, have fewer personal responsibilities than employed individuals. That is exactly why I, alongside innumerable universities students, could not immediately balance work and personal responsibilities. However, the learning curve associated with this shift also happens with equal velocity, if you follow a few simpler steps after graduating:
A) Use your time wisely: There may come a time when you have a to-do list with 50 items on it. Instead of quantitatively assessing the list and letting it demotivate you, it is much more useful to assess it qualitatively; that is, arranging the tasks based on their urgency and importance.
B) Know your limits— Hustle culture on a day-to-day basis is largely unhealthy in adulthood. Post-graduates are often led into believing that a work and personal life balance is unnecessary. When I first started working at Cicero & Bernay, a PR agency in Dubai, I too had this belief that working as much as physically possible was beneficial—which it was not. I felt burnt out after constant working and it demotivated me to continue. Working in healthy time intervals afterwards allowed me to keep true to my personal responsibilities; whether that be spending time with family or friends or simply taking that break and this overall increased the quality of my work.
C) Learn from mistakes — Do not, and I truly mean DO NOT view your mistakes as failures. After all, mistakes allow an individual to grow as a person. The mistakes are failures mindset popularised in university must be erased if you want to actually make a difference in your workplace with your craft as it develops through fixing your mistakes time and time again.
Hopefully, the shift into the true realities of adulthood is made that much easier. Tune in for the next blog where you’ll learn how to manage the ever-changing PR industry and make the most out of it.
Mariam Elsanousi is Account Executive at Cicero & Bernay Communication Consultancy, an independent PR agency headquartered in Dubai offering new-age public relations consultancy to the UAE and across the MENA region. | www.cbpr.me