No one ever lamented on his deathbed that he wished he’d spent more time at the office.
Everyone’s career-life scale gets out of balance sometimes. I’d like to show you what you can do about it. Finding balance between your personal and professional lives is one of the best ways to alleviate the stress, guilt, and burnout that comes with a high-powered career and a crazy schedule.
Families Pay the Price
Finding career life balance would be easy if our careers were as understanding and forgiving as our families. But in many cases, if you can’t finish your work in a 40- to 50-hour work week, and you don’t put in the extra time to get the job done, you’ll be fired — while your family is (probably) not going to fire you for leaving dirty dishes in the sink, or working too late to read a bedtime story. The unbending demands of work often push the more flexible family time aside, resulting in those unbalanced scales, and a lot of stress.
Be Honest With Yourself
There are a lot of very successful people who manage to do their entire job in the span of a normal day, and get home in time for the family dinner. This isn’t because they’re superhuman; it’s because they plan carefully, schedule intelligently, and roll with the punches. They know what their strengths and weaknesses are, and they know what they can and cannot control. Most importantly, they utilize good time management skills.
If you want to become the type of person described above, you need to ask yourself some hard questions, and answer them honestly.
Questions for Finding Balance
Use these questions, and your answers, to develop a clearer picture of how you control your tasks, your time, and your world. Like the successful people mentioned above, you can begin to make decisions that support a healthier career life balance. Take small steps to start, and stick with your changes until they become habit.