Bartending is undoubtedly a career, and
finding a work/life balance can sometimes seem impossible, but Anu Elford, the
proprietor of celebrated Seattle
stalwartRob Roy, sees it as a necessary challenge.
that you won’t be able to absorb all of that information or attend every event
and you might get overlooked for an event or see that Charlotte Voisey was in
town under-the-radar and are super bummed you didn’t get to meet her,” says
Elford. “It’s okay!”
four tips from Elford range from advice on how to fight social media FOMO to
clearly defining boundaries for work and home, and all will help ensure a
higher quality of life for bartenders, both personally and professionally.
1. Never work from home.
days, there are plenty of coffee shops, book stores and libraries that offer
free Wi-Fi and a good work environment. Coworking spaces are popping up like
daisies and offer semiprivate-to-private workspaces that include printing services,
reception and the endangered watercooler.
idea extends to cocktail creation, as well. Try and work on new ideas at the
bar rather than in your kitchen. Create a place, a home for you where you can
completely let go of work to relax and recharge.”
2. Limit social media time.
media will bombard you with more than 1 quintillion bits of information a day.
I like to show people this video on what 1 quintillion pennies look like.
“It’s physically and humanly impossible to fulfill all the social
media expectations our growing millennial population wants us to fulfill. If
you respond ‘going’ to an event, make sure you do and don’t feel guilty about
saying ‘not going.’ Again, you can’t do everything. This leads to limiting your
time on Facebook. Choose 30 to 60 minutes a day when you’ll update yourself and
post, then log out until tomorrow.”
3. Feel okay saying “no.”
and personality, we are ‘yes’ people who serve people. Learn to create a
work/life balance by saying no to events and projects and saying yes to time
for yourself. You deserve it. It’s okay to say no when your personal health
will benefit. This will also direct you to start saying yes to projects that
are truly worthwhile.”
4. Have a power outage once a month for 24
with the sun and go to bed as it gets dark, if possible. Invite friends over or
do it by yourself. Turn all electricity and technology off. Light some candles,
play board games, get into deep conversations, read a book, meditate—the list
goes on. Pouring yourself a glass of something delicious adds to the fun.”