Balancing a career and a personal life can often seem like an impossible goal. Here’s how to start.
Learn Your Employer’s Policies
Inquire about your company’s policies on flextime and working from home. If you’re a strong performer, you have a better chance of negotiating an arrangement that works for both you and your employer.
If you won’t be available for certain hours during the day or weekend because you’re dealing with family issues, let your manager and colleagues know, and get their full support.
Use Technology to Your Advantage
Technology should help make your life easier, not control it. Ban technology at certain times so that you can focus on your family or friends.
Learn to Say No
Remember that you can respectfully decline offers to run the PTA or serve on an extra committee at work. When you stop doing things out of guilt, you’ll find more time to focus on the activities that truly bring you joy.
Take care of yourself
Remember to keep your energy levels up with a proper lunch break (don’t just snack on crisps), go home at a decent hour and never check work emails in bed. If you let your health take a back seat to your job, the quality of your work will go downhill and you’ll end up even more stressed.
Fight the Guilt
Superwoman–and Superman–are fictional characters. Real people can’t devote 100% to everything they do. Stop feeling guilty if you miss an occasional soccer game or bail on a colleague’s going-away party
Protect Your Private Time
If you don’t allow yourself pockets of personal time, you’ll become too burned out to fully appreciate any part of your life.
Manage your time well
You might spend 11 hours at work, but if four of them are spent chatting to colleagues, writing personal emails or researching holidays then it’s not a productive or healthy situation. Keep a strong focus on work at work, leave on time and use those extra hours to enjoy life.