Balancing the demands of work and life
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The demands of work and life can be overwhelming at times, and balancing them can require careful planning.
If you are having trouble juggling the professional and personal, use the following tips to help you gain peace of mind while remaining productive and happy.
Prioritize both professionally and personally
This means setting realistic goals. For example, if your job requires you to work eight hours, but you find yourself putting in more time than that, figure out a way to minimize the amount of time you spend completing work tasks while remaining efficient.
This will enable you to pay more attention to your personal life. Make a list of goals according to what means the most to you. While you do have to pay the bills, you don’t have to make lots of extra money at the expense of neglecting those close to you from lack of attention.
Make time for yourself
This is extremely important and can minimize stress. Your job may be demanding, but your personal wellbeing is essential to good health. Take time to participate in activities you enjoy. This can be both relaxing and inspiring.
Learn how to set limits at work
All too often, people work additional hours in order to get a promotion or be the “it” person. One excuse frequently used is “I’ll work these hours until I reach my goal”. The reality is those long hours won’t go away once the higher position is obtained.
The stress levels will only increase and the workaholic mentality may develop as a direct result. Before long you’ll be working those long hours just to keep up and little time will be spent for personal enjoyment.
Treat your personal time as seriously as you treat your time at work
If you tell your kids you’ll attend their school play, be there. All too often business meetings take preference over such events and children grow up feeling as if their parents aren’t interested in their activities.
You can avoid this by creating a balance between the time you spend at work and the time you spend at home or participating in activities with your family.
Add both professional and personal appointments to your calendar
Doing this will help you keep up with where you are scheduled to be at any given time. Keep them on a print calendar or your cellular phone. If you are using a mobile device to keep up with appointments, set audio and visual reminders.
Each time you hear an alarm sound, you can look at the display on your phone to check your next appointment.
Balancing work with life can be difficult, but with the right mindset can be accomplished. The key is finding the right balance that works for you and everyone else in your life.
Strive for both professional and personal goals and never lose sight of either.
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