As a career coach, I work with clients on personal development issues. Personal development is a major player in career growth, management, and health. When life and work get in the way, it can get pretty stressful! Use these 6 tips to find balance and hopefully gain a semblance of peace. Life is too short – you deserve happiness at home and at work. *Patricia
Trying to maintain harmony between your work and home life can be a serious balancing act. You want both to go smoothly, but sometimes you’ll find that you’re paying too much attention to one and neglecting the other.
Instead of just getting frustrated, tell yourself that it’s time to stop struggling! There are some easy strategies you can use to help you.
Try these techniques to better balance your work and home life:
1. Use a planner. You can save yourself a lot of time just by planning out your days. Include both business and personal commitments to ensure that you’re using your time effectively.
2. Be flexible. While it’s important to plan a schedule, include room for a certain amount of flexibility. If you’re schedule is too rigid, it’s easy to become stressed out. Leave some time for new commitments and have a Plan B in mind for tasks that could take longer than anticipated.
• If you find that you’ve been spending too much time on work or home life one week, shift your focus over to the other one for the following week.
3. Maintain communication. Many times you’re not the only one who’s suffering when you’re having trouble balancing your work and home life. Let your work partners know when you need to spend extra time with personal commitments and let your family know when work will be taking up extra time and focus.
• Plan some extra quality time for the neglected party. For example, if you need to work late one day, see if you can take off early the next. If you can’t spare the time, then plan some quality time with your loved ones to make your time together even more special.
4. Have backups who you can call on. Even with good planning skills, sometimes things come up that tend to throw everything awry. This is when advance planning for someone to back you up will help you to stay on track.
• If you must be away from work for personal issues, have someone cover for you, if possible, so you’re not overwhelmed when you return to your regular schedule.
• If you need to spend too much time away from home due to work commitments, plan some fun activities for the kids with relatives or friends and have someone agree to help with the housework. This way, you won’t face a total mess when you return to your regular home life.
5. Take breaks. Even on your busiest days, schedule in some time for yourself, even if it’s only 15 minutes in a relaxing bath. This time gives you a chance to recoup from the stresses of the day and you can return to your tasks renewed and refreshed. Take short breaks at work, too. When you finish your break, you’ll be more productive.
6. Avoid wasting time with worrying. If you’re worried about home when you’re at work, and worried about work when you’re at home, then you aren’t truly using your time wisely. If your head isn’t in the moment, you’ll have a hard time spending quality time to get things done and moving forward.
• Focus on what you need to do in each moment and get it done so there’s more time left to do what you really want to do!
There are only a certain number of hours in the day, but you’ll have time for the things that are truly important to you as long as you use your time effectively. Use these tips to help you balance your work and home life, and you’ll find a greater harmony between the two!