In today’s world, managing work life balance can be tough if you don’t know what you’re doing. Work is such a large part of your life that it can seem easier to forgo the other areas such as recreation, spirituality and family, to name just a few.
But it’s important that you find enough time to enjoy all different aspects of your life, otherwise you can burn out.
The first thing you need to do is write down your Intentions. These are things that you want to turn into reality for the next week. Attending your daughter’s recital, going to church or taking care of your tax return are all Intentions. So make sure you write your Intentions down in your diary for a certain day and allow time for them. Intentions don’t have to be tasks, either. They can be as simple as wanting to Be Kind.
If you want to live your ideal life, first you have to plan it, then live it! This is key to managing work life balance. It’s important that you don’t put off until retirement something you’ve always wanted to do. How many of us have heard a story about a person putting off their dream until they reached retirement, and then once they had retired, dying before being able to achieve that dream?
Remember, dreams are goals without a deadline. So if you want to turn your dream into reality, then you need to give it a deadline.
Focus on the most important things in your life. Are you giving them enough time each week? For example, you may feel guilty because you’re spending too much time at work and not enough with your family. Instead of feeling guilty, do something about it! Think about your work day; are there any tasks you can delegate to other team member members? When you finish work for the day, is there anything pressing you have to complete or can you leave half an hour earlier than normal?
By making an Intention to spend more time with your family, you’ll find yourself creating opportunities to do so. If you can do this in all aspects of your life, you’ll find that managing work life balance becomes easier each time, until you’re living the life you always dreamed of.