Maintaining a Good Work-life Balance

As is true with everything in life, moderation and balance are the keys to success. As a professional or small business owner you always need to be on the lookout for that workaholic syndrome. Spending too much time working can sacrifice the most important relationships in your life. Obviously, neglecting your work is not an option either. The secret to success is to set boundaries and hold yourself to them.

So how do you know how much time to give to each thing in your life? How big of a priority should you make work versus your life? How can you improve the time you do spend with both work and home? Setting boundaries and priorities for yourself is the best way to accomplish balance. You can do this by simply reflecting on what matters, making a plan, and holding yourself to it.

Setting Boundaries

You are probably thinking that "Setting boundaries" is just a touchy-feely term that you hear bounced around in therapy. That is just not the case. Boundaries are an important way to ensure that your needs are being met, your family is being cared for, and you are doing the best job you can with your job.

An example of a good boundary would be to make the rule that your work phone is turned off one day a week, if possible. You have to really think about this one. Is your job situation one that you could realistically be out of touch for one day without creating huge problems. If there is any way to accomplish that, do it. You and your family deserve a day of rest and attention to other things. Generally, any business can go without one person's presence for a day.

Another boundary you can set with your spouse or children is that when you are focused on work you cannot take 10 calls about issues you cannot tend to. You need to be at work when you are at work. If your mind is at home, you are going to end up working more to make up for that. Being present in the moment means you will get more done. You need to negotiate a deal with your spouse that works for both of you concerning what is communicated to you while you are away from home working.

List of Priorities

Also, a huge part of finding balance is prioritizing. The number one priority in your life should be taking care of you. This is true even if you have children. If you don't take care of yourself you cannot meet the needs of anyone else. An excellent way to accomplish this is to schedule a daily workout session just for yourself. This can be something as simple as a 1/2 hour jog. This is the time you have to yourself to reflect on your job, family, and all other concerns. Besides, keeping yourself healthy is priority number one.

The beauty of setting priorities is that it really puts into perspective where you want and need your attention to be. Once you know that, you can start to put some boundaries in place for yourself and for other people. It may seem hard at first to put limits on others' demands on you, but it is the best thing you can do for your overall happiness. Maintaining a good work-life balance is not always easy but when you find a flow you will feel better about everything in your life. You deserve to find a place where you don't have to feel guilty and overworked all the time.

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