Juggling the demands of a full-time career and a family can be an ongoing process. With technology making workers accessible around the clock, achieving the ever elusive work-life balance can often feel impossible.
1. Set Boundaries
Work time is for work and family time is for family. Whether you ban electronic devices from your dinner table or go “off-line” during family vacations, it’s important to draw a line between family time and work time.
2. Manage your time wisely
This may seem like a no brainer, but it is more difficult than it seems. Delegate your errands whenever possible and don’t succumb to every request that comes your way. Learn to say no and prioritize so that you don’t bite off more than you can chew. There are only so many hours in a day.
3. Make time for yourself
No matter how much you may enjoy what you do, there will be days when your stress levels get out of control. Develop strategies to cope with the stress and avoid feeling overwhelmed. Put aside an hour each day to do something you enjoy.
4. Have a schedule and stick to it
Set up a consistent routine for each day so that both your family and your colleagues know what to expect. Try to stick to it, but have some flexibility. Don’t beat yourself up if a meeting runs late.
5. Be present and accountable
Be attentive to what is going on around you at all times. Forget multi-tasking and devote your full attention to the task at hand, whether it be personal or professional. Where you spend your time and energy has a direct connection with how successful you are in your journey to achieve work-life balance.
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