“Don’t confuse having a career and having a life” said Hilary Clinton. Parents or not, sometimes the most difficult thing in life is trying to be the best worker, best family member (mother, father, wife, husband, etc.) and best friend, all while doing what you love to do and taking care of yourself. That’s why achieving a positive work-life balance is essential to your well-being. Here are 6 tips to maintain a healthy balance between your personal and professional life.
If you want to be a successful professional, it is important to have your priorities in order both personal and professional. What can’t be compromised or is non-negotiable? What are those tasks you must marvel at and the ones that can be just good enough? Getting clear on these answers will help you prioritize, making adjustments and decide what you are and are not prepared to do.
It is beneficial to keep the communication lines open with your manager, HR, and superiors. Be hundred percent honest and transparent. Let’s say you can’t reach office on time because you are having a personal problem or have to drop your kid to school, they can help you out by keeping your work hours flexible.
Thanks to technology, the well-being and whereabouts of your loved ones isn’t a challenge anymore. All workers can easily stay connected with their relatives while they are at the office. If necessary, a phone call during your lunch break will help you focus on work without any stress at the backend.
If you want to be focused and productive at work, it is essential to keep chatty co-workers, casual Internet surfing, smartphones and other distractions at bay. Set specific time limits to address emails and phone usage.
Say “no” to things that don’t align with your priorities. It is the biggest mantra to successfully juggle your personal and professional life. Leave work at work, don’t come home with it (unless you are homeworking but you get it 😊). While spending time with your kids and partner, don’t be on the phone or sending emails. Be mindful of your personal relationships and start saying “no” to things that aren’t doing any good to you.
Making out some time to do things you actually love is the secret to maintain a perfect work-life balance. Sometimes, it is okay to think about yourself and have some leisure time. Learn to take care of yourself because only then you would be able to take care of your relatives and your work.
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