No matter how much you value your professional career, it is so important to recognize that your life isn’t purely defined by what you accomplish in that setting. For many career-oriented women, this fact is often overlooked in the pursuit of more and more success. But while your career may the envy of all of your friends, you need to make sure that it doesn’t come at the expense of your personal life.

We only have 24 hours in each and every day, and contrary to what you might believe, there are countless people, both men and women, who work long hours and a regular basis. In other words, they aren’t just working overtime every now and then, but they are logging 10 to 12 hours on a daily basis, including weekends. Now it should be obvious to everyone that these sorts of people are highly successful in their careers. But what many people fail to realize is that their success inevitably comes at the expense of other parts of their life. Maybe they don’t’ get to spend enough time with their kids due to their obligation to their job. Or many they haven’t taken a meaningful vacation to truly enjoy life in years.

If this sounds all too familiar to your own life, then that is definitely a problem. When you are already in the habit of working extremely long hours on a regular basis, it is really quite difficult to recognize your work patterns and just how detrimental they are is to your overall life. But here is your wakeup call! Or for those who haven’t succumbed to that endless work grind, here is your warning!

While working hard is clearly a good thing, always keep in mind that the more hours you work beyond what is expected or typical in pursuit of career success, the more you will miss out on life’s greatest moments. This balance between working hard and living life is definitely a delicate one, but one that must be achieved no matter what.

Setting limits on how long you work on a daily, weekly, or even monthly basis is a good way to go about achieving that balance, since it all but guarantees that your work doesn’t cut into your time with family and friends, or whatever else you enjoy doing during your free time. Just make sure that you actually stick to your self-imposed limits no matter what, rather than caving whenever the time comes for you to stop working.

In addition, you can also make it a habit of taking time out of your workday to go and do something fun and enjoyable. For example, get lunch with your spouse rather than eat at your desk, or go to the gym in the afternoon before returning back to the office for more work. Taking breaks like this will not only give you the work-life balance you need, but also allow you to reset and regroup so you are more efficient when you do get back to work.

No matter what anyone tells you, in your professional circles or otherwise, work is not everything in life. Keeping this fact in mind at all times is all it takes to ensure that you find a reasonable work-life balance that helps you to live your life to the fullest.