A common dilemma among workers in any field is how to properly balance work and home life. For many of us, it can be a challenge to be totally present at work or home at all times. Between working overtime, missing important events, and even taking personal calls during work, everyone at some point has struggled with a work-life balance. You must be able to efficiently juggle commitments at work and at home to maximize your success in both areas. Lacking communication, working more hours, and having zero availability are a few signs that your work-life balance may be failing.
Here are some ways you can create a stronger work-life balance for yourself:
Make a Calendar and Stick to It
Reliability is super important. Make sure that you are a reliable presence both at work and at home. Letting someone down is one of the worst things you can do. If you back out of plans once, it may not be a big deal. However, if you make a pattern of it, you will lose trust of your boss and your family. To avoid this, plan out a calendar in advance so that you know exactly when you are available to take on new commitments. Don’t use your calendar just for work meetings and social engagements. Block out time in both areas for rest and reflection as well. The last thing you want is for your boss to think you don’t care about your work, or your family and friends to think you care more about your work than them. Be flexible enough to find a way to incorporate small amounts of time to think about work while at home, and about home while at work as needed so that you can successfully manage your time.
Never lose sight of why you do what you do. You’re not waking up every morning to go to work without any personal gain. First and foremost, you work so that you can provide for you and your family to make your lives better. While work can be stressful, and the pressure of strict deadlines can be overwhelming, make sure you remain flexible. Your family should always be a top priority to you. Find the time in between deadlines to spend time with the ones you love to let them know you’re present. Work will come and go, but family and friends should remain constant. Being able to shift your focus from work to home is important. It is just as important to stay focused at work. Create a pattern and set clear expectations for yourself at work. While things will always come up, having a clear and established plan will allow you to be more flexible during your time at work. If you can do this, you will soon notice a rise in both your work performance and in your relationships at home.
Never Take Anything for Granted
Nothing is ever set in stone. Anything can be changed or taken from you at any time without a moment’s notice. That promotion you just received, a significant other you care about, and even a group of friends can all go away at any time. If you take advantage of a situation or don’t give enough of yourself over to your work and home lives, others will notice. Then before you realize it, something or someone you love is gone. Go out of your way to make others feel important and use your time wisely. If work has you busy, make sure you’re spending any off time with family and friends. If you are dealing with issues at home, make sure your boss knows you are committed to work and are doing everything you can. What you do affects everyone else around you. It’s important to never take anything for granted at work or at home.
There are things you can do right now to create a stronger work-life balance. You must determine where your weakness are and what you’re willing to do to create this balance. Both work and home are two areas that cannot lack your attention. If one of these areas begins to overpower the other, then ultimately both areas will fail. Work is what allows you to provide for your home, and your home is what gives you the support to be able to go to work every day. They go hand in hand. Finding creative ways to balance them without placing one too highly over another is crucial. You cannot become truly successful in life without successfully managing your time in these areas first.