Work-Life Balance: Solving the Elusive Conundrum

May 08, 2017  |   Posted by :   |   YPHR Blog

Life is more than punching a clock everyday. To truly enjoy life and one’s work, it is essential to strike a balance between your business life and your personal life. The demands of a job often put a strain on families.canstockphoto9415759

Take a minute to assess your Work/Life Balance. Ask yourself questions such as:

  1. Do you feel stressed out most of the time?
  2. Do you feel you don’t have time for yourself – or your family and friends?
  3. Do you wish you had more time for outside interests and hobbies?
  4. Are you exhausted – even early in the week?
  5. Do you often miss family member’s important events because of work-related time pressures and responsibilities?

If you find that your answers are yes to some of these questions, then, you might find the list below helpful. Here is a list of tips to help you get some order in your life.

Figure Out What Really Matters to You in Life. Getting your priorities clear is the first and most essential step toward achieving a well-balanced life. The important point here is to figure out what you want your priorities to be, not what you think they should be. Ask yourself a series of questions.

If my life could focus on one thing and one thing only, what would that be?

If I could add a second thing, what would that be?

A third? A fourth? A fifth?

Slow Down. Life is simply too short, so don’t let things pass you in a blur. Take steps to stop and enjoy the things and people around you. Schedule more time between meetings; don’t make plans for every evening or weekend, and find some ways to distance yourself from the things that are causing you the most stress.

Learn to Better Manage Your Time. Avoid Procrastination. For many people, most of the stress they feel comes from simply being disorganized — and procrastinating. Learn to set more realistic goals and deadlines — and then stick to them. You’ll find that not only are you less stressed, but your work will be better.

Share the Load. Even though we may sometimes feel we’re the only ones capable of doing something, it’s usually not the case. Get your partner or other family members to help you with your personal/family responsibilities. Taking care of the household, children, or parents should not be the responsibility of just one person.

Let Things Go. (Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff.) It’s simpler said than done, but learn to let things go once in a while. So what if the dishes don’t washed everyday or that the house doesn’t get vacuumed every week. Learn to recognize the things that don’t really have much impact in your life and allow yourself to let them go — and then not beat yourself up for doing so.canstockphoto19377172

Your Options. Get Help. If you are feeling overwhelmed with your family responsibilities, please get help if you can afford it. Find a sitter for your children, explore options for aging parents, and seek counseling for yourself. In many cases, you have options, but you need to take the time to find them.

Take Charge. Set Priorities. Sometimes it’s easier to allow ourselves to feel overwhelmed rather than taking charge and developing a prioritized list of things that need to get done. You need to buck the trend. Develop a list. Set priorities. And then enjoy the satisfaction of crossing things off your list.

Simplify. It seems human nature for just about everyone to take on too many tasks and responsibilities, to try to do too much, and to own too much. Find a way to simplify your life. Change your lifestyle. Learn to say no to requests for help. Get rid of the clutter and baggage in your house — and your life.

Plan Fun and Relaxation. Fun and relaxation are an essential part of living a well-balanced life. Until you get into the habit of taking time for yourself, set aside space in your planner for relaxation and fun. Plan what you’re going to do and make any necessary arrangements, such as childcare, to ensure you’ll be able to keep your commitment.

In the end, the key word is balance. You need to find the right balance that works for you. Celebrate your successes and don’t dwell on your failures. Life is a process, and so is striving for balance in your life. We are a trusted partner to help people and organizations meet their goals, contact YPHR today to learn more information about our training topics time management, delegation, problem solving, decision making and more. 

Amy Shannon 1Amy B. Shannon is the President of Pinnacle Leadership Solutions, LLC, and a Partner at Your Partner in HR. She has specialized in Organizational Development, Human Resources, Leadership Training and Executive Coaching for over 20 years. She focuses her time in the executive coaching and leadership facilitator roles. 

The best advice given to her clients is to view learning as a new adventure and embrace lifelong learning as a way of life.

Professionally, Amy feels a sense of accomplishment when her coaching clients achieve their goals or receive promotions as a direct result of working on their interpersonal skills! Her greatest corporate accomplishment was establishing a corporate university in three languages and eight countries along with becoming a speaker at the Disney Institute. Personally, above all, her two boys!

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