Society today compared to even twenty years ago has changed a great deal. The demands on us at work have increased, as have the demands at home. The cost of living has increased leading to the need for two incomes and feeling rushed all the time. So how does one go about balancing work and personal life?
First of all, don’t take on more than you can handle, and learn to say “no.” I know you’re thinking – well I knew that. But the problem is our boss puts pressure on us, a friend puts pressure on us, our kids put pressure on us, our partner….the list goes on. Before you know you haven’t got any time to yourself, you’re burnt out, and barely coping with your daily demands.
One of the first things you can do is learn to delegate whether at work or at home. That will immediately take some of the pressure off of you and make it easier to balance work and home life. You might delegate tasks at work rather than hanging on tightly to those assignments. You might also delegate tasks at home. That might be to the kids, your partner, or it might involve hiring a housekeeper or telling the PTA you just can’t bake the cupcakes this year but you've asked Sam’s mother to do so. You get the idea.
Leave some white space on your calendar. You can’t keep up a calendar that has every moment of every day filled. Take a break. It might be a day a week or a day a month. The key is to make some time for you. When you have some time to relax you will be able to do a much better job of balancing work and home life. You will also think clearer and accomplish more in a shorter period of time.
Balancing your work life and your personal life can be done – it just takes you being determined that is what you want to do!