Each of us understands something different by work-life balance. Maintaining this balance is a key to success of life.
However, in principle we all share the idea that what this means is to have a satisfying amount of time available for outside work activities.
This may mean time spent with your family, time dedicated to grow spiritually or get into a better physical shape, to pursue a hobby and so on.
“A lot of people are having a more difficult time finding balance in their lives because there have been cutbacks or layoffs where they work. They’re afraid it may happen to them, so they’re putting in more hours,” says psychologist Robert Brooks, PhD, co-author of The Power of Resilience: Achieving Balance, Confidence, and Personal Strength in Your Life.
Work-life balance means something different to every individual, but the experts share tips to help you find the balance that’s right for you:
Clarify Your Priorities
It all starts by clarifying your priorities in life. There is no set model that works for all people.
It may be the case that if you dedicate the larger part of your time to building your career, you are happier. Then, even if your time and energy distribution is unbalanced, this i by choice and it may be OK in your case, at this particular moment in your life.
Picture Your Ideal Life, Assess Your Current Situation and Determine the Gap
Picture your ideal life, in terms of work-life balance. However, it should be a realistic image, based on what is feasible with regard to your priorities.
Take Consistent Action to Close the Gap
Whatever the case, medium-term you do have a number of choices. You may change the industry you work in, the company, the type of job. This may require that you need to do some more work to meet education requirements, but if you are determined, almost anything is possible.
So never feel that you are a prisoner of circumstances. You always have a choice!
In order to enjoy work-life balance, you need to become a master at setting limits. In the beginning of my career I used to put in long hours, thinking that “ok, I just need to finish this urgent project and then I will go for a more balanced schedule”. It didn’t happen, as there is always something more to do, always something urgent and/or important to address.
ONLY YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE SUCCESS OF YOUR LIFE!
BUILD A BALANCE BETWEEN YOU WORK AND LIFE!
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