Finding Work-Life Balance: Some Tips to Help
By Genevieve Cunningham
Finding that infamous work-life balance is one of the toughest things to do. When we give more of ourselves to work, our family life starts to suffer. When we give more of ourselves to family, our work starts to suffer. We never seem to be able to find that line in between, and are instead constantly swinging from one to another. But according to most researchers, finding this balance can be one of the most important things for our happiness. If you can't seem to find the fine line, take a look at these tips to move you closer to that balance.
Stick to Work Hours
It's tempting to devote hours and hours on the job in order to get more done. While this seems like a good idea on the surface, it actually leads to resentment and frustration. And of course, it's terrible for work-life balance. Instead, stick to your set hours and do not deviate. If you get there a few minutes early and stay a few minutes late, fine. But don't spend hours more than are necessary at your job.
Get on a Budget
When work-life balance suffers, it's often because we feel as though we need to spend more time at the office. And most of the time, that need comes from a financial strain. We need to pay for something extra, or sometimes, we need help just meeting our bills. If we can manage our money a little better, we may not feel that incessant pull toward work. Of course, that's much easier said than done. Work on getting your household on a budget. The more in control of your finances you feel, the easier it will be to say no to extra work.
Make a Long-Term Schedule
When you truly have trouble managing your time, a schedule can work wonders. Schedule your work, your play, and your family time. Then stick to it. As you get used to using a schedule, you'll learn how to manage your time and will have to rely on it less often as time goes by.
Work-life balance is definitely important. We want to be successful, but we also want to love life. Use these tips to help you get a handle on that work-life balance, and you may find every aspect of your life make a turn for the better.
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