11 Tips for Work-Life Integration

The concept of work-life “balance” is outdated. It’s not uncommon for workers to check their emails the moment they wake up, or whip out their smartphones while jogging on the treadmill. Basically, “work” and “life” have become two halves of the same whole, rather than two incompatible components uncomfortably squished against each other. Still, work-life integration has challenges – which can stress you out if you’re not careful.

11 Tips for Work-Life Integration

Work-Life Integration Tips

As a working millennial woman, you can keep up with an effective work-life integration using these tips:

1. Work for a Great Company

Okay, “great” is subjective. What may be an awesome company for you may be a hellhole to someone else. In any case, if you’re starting to dread work for reasons out of your control (like workplace bullying), it might be time to look for another ship to ride on. No matter how closely you follow every bit of advice below, you’ll still have trouble with work-life integration if going to work feels like smashing your head with a 2×4 every day.

2. Have a “Tech-Free Day” Every Week

You already spend your working hours staring at computers, smartphones and other electronic screens. So why spend your weekend staring at them some more, when you could relax and forget about work instead?

It won’t hurt to turn off your gadgets, and experience a tech-free world once in a while. Trust me; you’ll do your health a ton of favors.

3. Exercise on Your Way to Work

According to Healthday.com, a two-mile jog – or a climb up 10 flights of stairs – before going to work can lower your stress levels, boost your confidence, and make you forget that work-life integration was ever an issue in the first place. Which means “not having time to exercise” is no longer an excuse!

4. Eat Filling but Nutritious Meals

If you think “healthy,” “convenient,” and “delicious” don’t go together when it comes to food, think again. Even a single hardboiled egg, or a box of low-fat chocolate milk, can keep your protein needs covered, and fill you with enough energy for that next major project.

5. Stay in Touch with Non-Coworker Friends

When you get together with your colleagues after working hours, what do you usually talk about? Yep, you guessed it: Work.

I’m not saying you shouldn’t be friendly with co-workers. But, at the very least, you should find time to hang out with people who won’t remind you that, yes, the boss is going to conduct another evaluation next week. Or at least put work off the table when out with co-workers.

6. Know When and How to Say No

No isn’t always a bad word. When you know which opportunities to turn down, and which ones to grab without batting an eyelash, you’ll have fewer things weighing you down than a yes-woman does. After all, there’s only so much you can do while you’re alive, so better make sure the things you choose to do are actually worth it.

7. Delegate Some of Your Work

If saying “no” isn’t an option, it won’t hurt to delegate. Coworkers will be more than happy to help with – and take some of the credit for – a project you’re spearheading.

Also, don’t be afraid to share chores and expenses with family members, roommates, or partners. They might grumble a bit about it at first, but believe me: They’ll eventually appreciate the extra responsibility. 

8. Get a Good Night’s Rest

Until recently, scientists couldn’t agree on the exact amount of hours of sleep we needed. But they have always agreed on one thing: quality sleep matters. If you managed to get some shut-eye for five hours straight, without any interruptions whatsoever, you’ll be in better shape compared to someone who tried to sleep for eight hours, but was constantly woken up by a group of screaming cats outside her house.

9. Shake Things Up a Bit

Sometimes you end up integrating work and life too well, to the point you might say: “So, I’ve finally mastered the art of juggling life. Now what?” While a peaceful, simple life is a good thing on its own, there’s always that danger of boredom getting the better of you.

If “I just want to get this over with” is now your morning mantra, check your calendar to see whether you can take a day off. Then, think about that thing you’ve always wanted to do, or that online professional course you’ve always wanted to take, but kept procrastinating for one reason or another. Then, do it! (On your day off, of course.) It doesn’t have to be hard if you follow these tips from Dr. Ramiro Zuniga!

10. Block Out Time for Work and Play

Simply because you love your job doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take a day off. Consider a short staycation to get a break and enjoy something in your area. Even passionate people burn out when they don’t know how to set boundaries between work and play.

Even if you have a typical 9-to-5 job, consider setting a schedule for yourself. Your schedule doesn’t have to be as strict as “Do not work beyond 5 PM no matter what happens,” but it should never stretch you too thin, either.

11. Remember to Put Yourself First

It’s one thing to be selfish. It’s another to bend over backwards for everyone else, to the point that your literal and figurative spine snaps. Don’t forget to set “me” time to recharge your batteries, and get yourself ready for another day of juggling work and life.

Yes, “work” and “life” are basically the same for us now. But that doesn’t mean we should let either of them get on our nerves. If you protect the glue that holds your work and life together (you!), you also protect everything that matters.

What are your tips for work-life integration? 

By Sarah Landrum, Her Agenda: Her Agenda is an award-winning media platform dedicated to bridging the gap between ambition and achievement for millennial women. Named a top website for millennial women by Forbes.com our content driven resource portal attracts driven women and we give them the tools to become accomplished women. We curate, and create events, workshops, panels and conferences and we publish articles that feature actionable career advice. Her Agenda also publishes exclusive interviews with powerful, successful women who offer honest advice from their career journeys to our readers. For more visit, www.HerAgenda.com. 

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15 Responses to 11 Tips for Work-Life Integration

  1. These are great tips to help us balance the work/life conundrum. I think setting aside time for work and play, as well as establishing boundaries, and having “me” time are all important to your physical and emotional health — and your productivity as an employee!


  2. Courtney says:

    Love this! Particularly the “delegate some of your tasks.” I think we all are under the impression we have to do it all ourselves sometimes!

    Courtney//As We Stumble Along

  3. Mikayla says:

    I am horrible at getting sleep. I will need to keep these tips in mind. I definitely need a ‘Tech-Free day’!

    Mikayla | A Seersucker State of Mind.

  4. Jenny says:

    These are all such helpful tips.
    I need to keep these in mind for the future.

    xoxo, Jenny || Breakfast at Lillys

  5. Annaliese says:

    Great tips! I think that you can even relate some of these to being a busy college student- for example, I always make sure to keep in touch with friends of mine from outside my little college bubble, it’s a great way to clear my head during super busy or dramatic weeks!

    xoxo A

  6. Jordyn says:

    Seriously OBSESSED with this article. I love the tip about having a tech free day every week, it’s hard to implement that sort of day but SO worth it!

  7. Cassie says:

    Learning to say no is something that I have had the hardest time with! I always just want to do everything. Sometimes you just have to figure out what is best for yourself though! Thanks for the great advice. I’ll be graduating in a year and will definitely keep these in mind 🙂

    My Pop of Color

  8. Ashley says:

    I think my biggest down fall is not getting enough sleep. I definitely notice that a good nights rest makes all the difference in the world when it comes to what I am capable of after work! If I don’t get enough sleep, I tend to start to crash right as work ends. I usually go home feeling groggy and grumpy and unable to be productive outside the work setting!

    xo Ashley

  9. Macarena says:

    My biggest struggle is knowing how and when to say no. :/ These are great tips & advice!

    xo // http://www.thematerialgirl.co

  10. Briana says:

    This is something I’ve definitely been wondering about since starting work full time, and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t struggling with it. This was all such great advice and I think everything is super doable. Wonderful post 🙂

  11. Felice Raina says:

    I think it’s so important to learn how to say no! I also love the tip about getting a good nights rest and exercising on your way to work!!

  12. All of these tips are SUPER important from staying healthy to making sure your life doesn’t end up revolving completely around the office! Great post!
    xx, Mikkaela

  13. Alicia says:

    These tips are amazing. I especially need to try the whole “exercising to work” thing! I try to take the metro once a week to work just so that I’m a little more active and up and walking!

    xo, Alicia | Alicia Tenise

  14. These are all such great tips! I can definitely relate to this!

  15. Ally Gagliardo says:

    I’m going to have to start going “tech-free” once in a while. But as a blogger it’s hard to do! I don’t work yet, but as a student, I get my cardio in by walking to class which definitely helps so I spend only 30 minutes in the gym doing weights!

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