Work Life Balance

An appropriate Work –Life Balance will change as you do. You need to prioritize, you may not be looking for a work-life balance, maybe you are focused on your career and your personal life is on the back burner. Possibly, you concentrate so much on your personal life that your professional life is lacking. There is only so much time in a day, what do you want to do with it? What makes you feel successful?

To start determining what kind of balance is right for your situation, you need to assess everything that competes for your time. Focus on the things that are most important to you to help decide what to keep and what to let go of. Think about ways to be more efficient with your time on the tasks that you need to maintain.

During your assessment, you may find that you are stretched too thin, but you feel as if everything is important to you and you don’t want to disappoint anyone. Discuss your concerns with those who will be affected by changes and get their opinion. They may completely understand where you are coming from and have helpful suggestions of their own. You may also find that they are unwilling to compromise and that is something that you will have to take into account.

Work on saying no to additional duties that you will not be able to complete to your satisfaction. Don’t volunteer at your kids’ school or church when your schedule is already packed. If someone asks you to bake 12 dozen cookies on the same day you have a huge project due, you can say no or offer to bake a couple dozen. If your boss asks you to work this weekend, but you had plans for a family vacation, respectfully inform them that you are not available this time, but you may offer a different suggestion.

Family, work, friends, and other obligations may constantly be pulling at you. Set aside specific time that for each one, but keep in mind what your priorities are and make sure it is understood all around. Keep communication open regarding times you aren’t available. Outside of work don’t check email or take phone call that are work related. When at work set aside social scheduling. During family dinner leave technology in another room. People cannot multi task as well as we think we can. You will automatically become more efficient by concentrating on one thing at a time.

-Karrlita F.