(By Don Hunter)
Perhaps at no other time in this nation’s history has the issue of work-life balance been so prominent. That’s because many employees are being asked to do more in less time by their employers.
Unfortunately, it’s easy to get caught up in the “rat race” and find yourself working longer and more often than you should (especially if you believe that it’s expected of you). But you can only go on like that for so long until something gives. Before you reach that point, consider the following steps:
- Analyze the situation—How much time do you spend at work? How much work do you take home? How much time do you spend with your family and friends and engaging in non-work related activities?
- Keep a log—Answering the questions above might be easier if you actually track the time that you spend during the day. The results could be eye-opening.
- Ask friends and family for input—These are the people who are affected the most by your work-life balance (or your lack of it). Gaining their insight could be extremely beneficial.
- Prioritize—Now that you’ve analyzed your situation, what things are most important to you? The answer to this question will help you to better prioritize your time and your activities.
- Re-assess your career—If your work-life balance is out of whack, could a change of employment help? Sure, the job market isn’t the greatest at the moment, but there are opportunities available. Finding one and making a switch might make a tremendous difference.
- Create a plan and then implement it—This is the final step. A plan is only as good as how well you implement it, so don’t just think and talk about creating more balance in your life—do it!
Remember, your work-life balance will never be perfect, at least not all the time. However, it’s important to keep striving toward that balance every day, one bit at a time. Employees who are able to do that discover their job—and invariably all other aspects of their life—are more enjoyable.
So . . . how’s your work-life balance?
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