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Out Of Balance? Slow Down Nad Prioritize

Work, family, social life—every person’s life is like a multi-faceted stone. Each and every one of us also assume many different roles in any given day such as the role of a mother, a husband, a son, a friend, a boss, or a mentor. It’s a wonder how we get to pay attention to all of these roles in a short span of 24 hours. For some people, it’s a breeze—they know exactly when to put the brakes on being a boss and naturally assume being a mother, or from being a friend to being a father. But not everyone will be so well-adapted: there will be an equally great number of people, if not more, who will struggle to achieve a fine balance in their lives.
All the many roles we play in any given day can be generally compartmentalized into two: work and personal life. This is where the term work-life balance comes from, which means being able to achieve a sense of healthy equality between the two so that the work doesn’t overwhelm a person’s personal life, and at the same time the personal life doesn’t overwhelm work too much. There are tips you can follow in order to achieve a good work-life balance.

As much as possible, leave work in the office. There is usually enough time spent in the workplace to address the most pressing issues, so try to address everything that needs your attention in the office and not at home. If there is anything urgent that needs to be done, you can come in earlier to work the next day. As much as possible, the time at home should be spent with family or for your personal enjoyment.

As much as possible, leave your personal life at home. It is a two way street. By leaving your personal life at home, you are able to work more efficiently and you can get things done so that you do not have to go overtime or work at home. By avoiding personal calls, texting, chatting over the internet, dabbling on social networks or emailing friends, you can focus more on what you should be spending your time on during that time—working.

Learn to prioritize in your tasks. This goes for both work and family issues. At work and at home, learn to prioritize according to urgency and importance. You can’t stretch yourself to cover everything especially at a busy time, but you can create harmony by getting the bigger things out of the way, working your way down to the things that demand less attention. Sooner or later the tasks will all be resolved in an orderly manner.

Schedule a bit of downtime at work when you get stressed. Bad day at work? Stress taking over? You should learn to be able to sneak in some downtime even while you’re at work. People who are stressed are more likely to create mistakes in the workplace so plowing on during a time of distress isn’t the best for everyone. During your break try to take a calming walk to get your thoughts together or perhaps have a coffee break. You can also pop over to a co-worker’s office for a quick chat that can clear your head.

Try to get rid of the clutter in your work and personal life. Reconsider hanging out with the co-worker who does nothing but complain and gossip—he or she is just spreading negative vibes around and you don’t need that. Stop taking on favors which doesn’t really fall into your responsibilities—it’s ok to say no. At home, if you can re-assign chores and tasks to your kids or to your husband such as taking the pet to the vet or doing the groceries, then by all means, unload. Learn to delegate and share responsibilities because nobody is really expecting you to do everything alone.