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We've all faced, are facing or bound to face this predicament at some point or the other. Things move far too fast in the hustle bustle of today's world and you can often be left feeling as though you hardly have any time for your family, friends and leisure time with incessant work commitments, not to mention any time for yourself. For a while, you won't let it get the better of you but trust us, everything catches up on you in the end.
Taking all these things into account, we drew up a list of tips we felt might help you strike a finer balance between your personal and professional life. If you choose to apply them in your own life, we guarantee they'll leave you feeling happier, healthier and better rested too.
Without further ado, here they are.
Before you begin your journey down this path, it's important to identify exactly where your life is out of balance in the first place. Perhaps you're spending far too much time at work and your family time is suffering or perhaps it's the other way around. Either way, it's only once you've given yourself enough time to figure this out that you can really create your plan of attack.
You'd be a fool if you hadn't seen this one coming and yes, it's most certainly the key to this entire exercise. You have to be able to put the things which are more important to you above the others. There's no need to vocalise these priorities to anyone else in your life but it's important to have them sorted out in your own head so you know what needs more time—work life or personal life. And there's no right or wrong here—no matter what anyone tells you. Just make sure you make this decision with your heart.
Basically, at the end of the day you need to be able to be realistic about what needs to be done first.
Make Lists And Schedule, Schedule, Schedule!
Being organised can help you a great deal in this scenario. Try to make a list every morning with your cup of coffee which will include both your professional and personal commitments. The latter could include something as seemingly inane as a 'will talk to *insert wife/girlfriend name here* for 20 minutes on the phone today.'
Once you've made the list number them according to priority and tackle them accordingly. It will make the entire process seem much less complicated and you'll get a lot more done. This will also help you in refraining from multi-tasking and tackling things one at a time instead. No matter what other people tell you, this is the only way to get things done well. Or at all.
Leave Things Behind
Now this is the step most people find impossible to master but it's vital that you leave your personal life at home when you go to work and vice-versa. Or you'll basically never be able to focus on or enjoy either entirely. Force yourself to do the same for a little while and we promise it'll only get easier.
Stop being a martyr and taking everything on yourself. Learn how to trust other people and delegate both in your professional and personal life though the former is more important with respect to this point. Allowing other people to help you will only increase your downtime which you can then effectively use to satisfy the other part of your life.
Learn How To Say 'No'
We're definitely going to have to write a whole other tips article on this one but learning how to say no is an art you have to attempt to master. Often in our need to please others we say 'yes' to things we really wouldn't want to do; leaving us with little or no time to take care of our own priorities.
If you want to achieve a good balance, say 'no' when it's necessary. It will make all the difference.
And finally, don't forget about yourself! It's impossible for you to do any of this unless you're scheduling a little time for yourself amidst all this hectic running around between your two lives. It could be something as simple as reading a book or taking a walk in the park.
Either way, just because we saved this point for the last don't assume it's the least important. Quite the contrary actually. After all, if you're not content and happy withyourself, you won't be giving your all to either your professional or your personal life.
That's all we have for now, best of luck in striking your balance.
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