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Balancing Work and Home Life!

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Balancing Work and Home Life

There were times when boundary lines were fairly clear between work and home life. Today, the likely chance of work invading into one’s personal life and vice versa seems to be far greater. To maintain work-life balance seems to be no simple task. But still it is within one’s reach, if one follows the simple steps listed here.

  • Evaluate: Strike a work-life balance by evaluating your work-home relationships like listing out the amount of time you are spending at work and home.
  • Plan: Start your day by taking care of the little things you have to do at home. A little planning is essential. Whatever be the need, make sure you take care of it before you leave for work. Taking care of home needs in advance will help you to be less tensed during working hours.
  • Be Productive: Switch on to the work mode when you are at work. Be sure that you shut off the part of the brain that makes you worry about your home life. Remind yourself that it is work time and you need to be most productive. This will help you focus completely on your work, thereby completing it beforehand. Hereby, you can avoid taking home any work stress.
  • Clear your Desk: Make sure that you clear your desk at the end of the day and file the remaining work for tomorrow. This will help you to clear your mind of work. When you are driving back home, make sure to stop thinking of work – whether accomplished or unaccomplished. The best way to do this is to play some music while you’re travelling.
  • Focus on Home Life: While you are enjoying your home life, try to avoid intruding into work life by checking emergency e-mails or answering work- related phone calls. The best way to focus on home life will be crumbled to pieces if you intrude into your work life while at home.

Be sure to remember that striking a work-life balance is a continuous process, rather than a one-shot deal. At times, you may feel tempted to rack up hours at work, especially when you are in the process of managing an ever-increasing workload. Sometimes, it may demand overtime. Make sure that you are on the right track by examining your priorities as family interests and work life change periodically. Make adjustments accordingly.

Work and home life should be balanced. If there is a tilt in the balance there are chances of soaring stress levels.

Do share your thoughts on the same.

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  • jack

    Yes! All of what you touched on in your article above is very important. However, I think the answer is much more complex and elusive. Without going into this too deep, and besides I need to get to work! Ha! A few important questions would be:

    Is work/life balance really attainable in our ever increasingly accelerated and demanding workplaces, which require us to embrace any and all technology advancements?

    How many people do you think consider their career to be THE number 1 thing in their lives?

    Is our success in our chosen professions so important that nothing else matters?

    Over the course of my 20+ years as a visual designer, I have been guilty of total immersion into my career as my life. Working twelve to sixteen hour days, six days a week. Yikes! Can you say burn-out. Not to even mention the ill health implications.

    I think life is far too short to be consumed by our professions. I imagine this can be said for many people. Of course most everyone wants to be successful in their career, I know I do. Yet I do not think we can sustain our course of ever increasing productivity without a sacrifice of some kind.

    Perhaps, one day, not too far in the future, we will all be extremely-efficient machines. I hope not.

  • Sarah Hurst

    I’m not sure there is such a thing as balance. Perhaps percentages would be a better way to put it. Sometimes work is 60%, home 40%; sometimes home takes over at 80% and work 20%. I find percentages often depend on the priority of the day, who is sick at home, what bill is due, when are the grandkids coming over. As for work, what meetings do I have to attend, is the budget due, how’s the interviewing coming. Maybe, just maybe I’m the only one who is sick of hearing about “finding your passion” to make work life balance. I can’t just quit my job and look around until what I want/hope to be becomes a reality. Influencing areas of your life is possible, but balance is not. At least not in my book.

  • Michael J. Spangle

    At the risk of sounding simplistic, this type of balance comes down to making choices. These boundaries are like the fence lines that existed (and in some cases still exist) between ranches in the Old West. Those fences needed to be patrolled and inspected, with the weak and damaged spots repaired and reinforced. This meant vigilance and teamwork on the part of those within the fence line.

    Our life boundaries are no different. We need to pay attention to our lives and the boundaries we establish. We need to ask ourselves if we are allowing others to challenge and even breach those boundaries. If so, we need to take a stand and rebuild those boundary lines. If there are others in our lives who can work with us to maintain those boundaries then we need to make sure that the relationship is strong so that we can protect each other.

  • It can be especially tricky if you and your spouse are both working at home on the Internet. Dueling computers. :-)

  • I so agree with Michael. For me it’s not work/life balance, rather LIFE balance! We are always in choice about what we do, whether or not we believe it. So working ’til 2am today might represent real life balance for me because I choose it. Working ’til 2am every night may have it’s consequences on my health, wealth and mood, but it does not necessarily have a negative influence on my balance if I am purposeful, focussed and aligned in my actions, and I am aware enough to know the implications, and exercise my choices so that I balance activities according to my immediate and longer term needs.
    I have long been concerned that the concept of ‘work/life balance’ implies some unseen negative external force at work, influencing us to do other than we want; it doesn’t have to be that way, we are in choice.

  • J. Storms

    I highly recommend the book “Choosing to Cheat” by Andy Stanley.