6 Tips To Balance Your Work And Home Life

BalanceTrying 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:

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.

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.

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. Make sure that you plan some extra quality time for the neglected party.

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 with relatives or friends and have someone agree to help with things around the house. This way, you won’t face a total mess when you return to your regular home life.

Take breaks. Even on your busiest days, schedule in some time for yourself, even if it’s only 15 minutes of walking. 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.

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!
Question: What other techniques have you used to better balance your work and home life?

Photo Credit: Kevin Makice

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Posted on January 30, 2013, in Personal Development and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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