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6 Tips for Managing the Work-Life Balance

By Harper Brenning

To many people, it may seem like a challenge to properly manage a work-life balance, especially with everything that occurs in our everyday life. Managing a well-balanced work-life situation includes doing your best at your job while still taking time for yourself, your family, and friends.

Experiencing complete happiness all at once may seem far-fetched for many. But, if you know how to balance your job and personal life correctly, you will have no problem achieving the fulfilling life you desire. In order to help you reach the goal of balancing both work and life, we have 6 great tips for you to follow.

1.  Prioritize Your Time

If you work in finance you already know how to budget money and how to spend what you earn. But do you know how to budget your time in order to be able to spend more time with you loved ones after work? A proper work-life management will allow you to spend more time with the people that matter most in life – your family.  Try going to work sooner (be it just an hour earlier) and you’ll soon realize you will have much time in the evening to spend with your family or friends.

2.  Make Sure Your Personal Life Doesn’t Get Neglected

It’s important that you take care of your personal life while working full time.  In order to have a fulfilling career, you’ll need to make sure you are happy with your personal life too, as the two of them go hand in hand towards a good work/life balance.  One way to achieve this would be via telecommuting if your job allows it. Telecommuting will enable you to work from home allowing you to more easily get the job completed in a timely manner. Spending more time at home will also put less constraints on your relationship or marriage.

3.  Try to Avoid Staying Late at Work

It’s normal to feel anxious from time to time when you think of what might happen if you have to stay late at work.  The truth is,  you may not necessarily have to. Of course, if it is critical to your job, then you should definitely stay a little late.   One saving grace is that staying late may allow you to leave work early on another day during the week.  If you decide to take off early, be sure you to get permission from your boss and don’t be surprised if he or she agrees. A majority of businesses don’t like to pay for overtime if it’s not truly necessary. So why would you worry about taking off early?

4.  Decide What Matters the Most

If you don’t know what is the most important thing in your life, maybe it’s time to start thinking about it. Would you choose work over your personal life? Being bogged down with work can take a toll on your personal life and in the long run may even tear a family apart. At the same time, if you’re unable to provide for your family, this could lower your self-esteem and consequently,  you will not be able to work properly. Either way, remember that you should choose what matters the most for you. So, if you choose family, when your wife asks you to pick something up from the Kroger deli and you promise to do so, make sure that you know what the Kroger deli hours of operation are. At the same time, if work takes priority, when your boss asks you to solve an urgent task, make sure you take care of it promptly.

5. Give More by Working Less Hours

Nobody likes to feel stressed, and working more than being at home can cause a lot of unnecessary stress. Your personal life may be sacrificed because of the work stress. But, if you give higher-quality work in a shorter amount of time during your 8-hour shift, you will probably be less stressed when at home. Avoid distractions at work and focus on getting the job done in a more timely and efficient manner.  Plus, your boss might even take notice and allow you to leave work early because of completing a project more efficiently.

6.  Utilize the Open-door Policy

Maintaining a strong relationship with your employer can play a big role in balancing your work and life outside of work. There’s nothing wrong with approaching your boss to have your hours lowered or having your workload shared among co-workers. He might agree once you tell him you are afraid of feeling burned-out.

Author bio: Harper Brenning is a Customer Support Specialist with a two-year experience in coordinating internal and external parties. She provides the user with up-to-date working hours information about different companies.