Career Tip: How to Juggle Work and Life
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When you have a demanding job and a hectic personal life, managing the two can seem like a balancing act. Throw a partner and kids in the mix and you may very well feel like you are part of a circus. Finding stability between it all is a necessity if you are to live a healthy and happy life. Below are some tips to help you strike a balance in your life.
Maintain a Clear Distinction Between Work and Your Personal Life
It is helpful to make a clear demarcation between your work life and your personal life. It will keep your work life from spilling into your personal life and vice versa. Work only during your normal working hours, even if you are working from home. If possible, don’t take work home and disconnect from it mentally when you enter your abode. Also, if you can, turn off your work mobile or log out of you work e-mail so that you can unwind. Keep work at work so that you can enjoy your leisure time without guilt or resentment. Set clear boundaries.
Ask for Help
If you are feeling overwhelmed, don’t be afraid to ask for help! Acknowledging that you cannot do it all is a sign of strength and authenticity and not a sign of weakness. Ask your roommate to do the groceries for you. Ask your partner to help you with the children and household chores. Make your needs known to those who love you so that they can better support you.
Let Your Work Colleagues Know of Your Obligations
Let your work colleagues and your boss know of your outside obligations. By not being ashamed of the fact that you are a living, whole person and not just a mere worker, you can save yourself tremendous grief. You may have a colleague willing to help you with your work so that you can pick up your child from day care on time. When you set clear boundaries and show that you are serious about them, most likely others will respect them and even support you in maintaining those boundaries.
Make Time for You
Make sure you schedule vacation time and notify your colleagues well in advance so that they can accommodate you. Get involved in activities that are not work related and that feed your soul. Don’t feel pressured to say yes to every assignment given to you, especially if it will mean spilling over into time you have dedicated to yourself for your well-being. The key is to keep the main thing the main thing. You are the “main thing.” When you make sure that you are well taken care of, the other facets of your life will flourish and not vice versa.
Cut Yourself Some Slack
You may not be able to go to every one of your daughter’s baseball games. Perfect attendance at your Zumba class might not be feasible. Some days, your responsibilities as a mother may take precedence and on other days, your responsibilities as: an employee, employer, daughter and/or wife will top the list. You cannot be all things to everyone. You will not be able to be Supermum every day. But as long as you do your best, you are doing well. If you are there for most of your children’s events and especially the most significant ones, you’re doing alright. “Having it all” may be something different to you than to someone else and may not even mean: “doing it all.” You may have to have it all not all at one time but spread out over your day or life. The key is to do what works for you.
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