Work-life Balance

chalk drawing of scale showing work-life balance

If you have a job and a family, you are probably struggling to find work-life balance. If you have children under the age of 18 or aging parents, it may be an even greater struggle.

Path to improved wellness

Finding work-life balance in the midst of a busy schedule may seem impossible. However, there are ways to achieve balance.

At work:

  • Establish limits. Look at your work schedule each day and prioritize what needs to get done. We all want to please the boss. However, it’s important to say no or ask for help with an assignment when you can (without penalty).
  • Manage your time. Don’t let things, such as office chatter, personal calls and emails, social media, or surfing the internet distract you. You can easily lose several hours a day just on these distractions. That’s lost time at work that you may have to make up at home.
  • Make to-do lists. Making lists keeps you on track. Be sure to check off the tasks you have completed. This gives you a positive sense of accomplishment.
  • Don’t bring it home. Bringing work home should be reserved for rare occasions or emergencies.
  • Consider other options. Talk to your employer about working part-time if you can afford it. Perhaps getting an assistant at work or asking for help from others is a possibility. If your work schedule is impossible, consider looking for another job. This could be with your current employer or outside your employer.
  • Simplify your commute. Look at other possibilities to make your commute less stressful. Some public transportation (buses or commuter trains) allows you to sit and enjoy the ride. Or, if you must work extra, do it as a passenger. Carpooling with another employee can lessen the stress of being behind the wheel each day. Look for alternate routes….

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