Posted By Lelani Craig,
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
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(Originally Posted on May 05, 2015)
Is work-life balance a possible reality or is it a myth? And exactly what does it entail? Does it matter how much you lean one way or the other? The actual definition of work-life balance depends on where you find it. Work can be defined differently and it may be something you enjoy, something you just deal with or something you highly dislike. It’s different for everyone and it includes an activity you perform in order to receive monetaryremuneration. Life is based on your lifestyle. It can be mental, physical, spiritual, health, pleasure, customs and habits or anything you do in your life to bring you a sense of relaxation and enjoyment. Both together are meant to complete your life but the ability to have both eludes many.
Here are some suggestions to bring your work-life into better balance.
- Create a routine. I struggled for years to find a way to incorporate physical and spiritual into my daily life. Between work and family, it seemed my days were always completely full. I knew that if I wanted to find better balance, I had to create a routine. For me, that meant doing the same things in the morning in order to incorporate everything I wanted to do. It also meant I had to wake up a bit earlier than usual to have the extra time I needed.
- Do what is most important first. Yes, I know your kids, pets, and family are the most important thing in your life. But what I am referring to is deciding which activity is a must and then doing it first thing in the morning. I learned that doing these things early takes away the possibility of a situation taking over my whole day. Because it does happen, and once it happens, it kills your available time.
- Be patient. Change takes time and making it permanent can take a while. Through trial and error, you will find an activity that suits your needs.
- Eliminate extra “stuff”. What do you do during your day that you could completely eliminate? This is similar to going through your closet. Because at one point you loved doing an activity, it doesn’t mean it’s worthwhile or the correct choice. In life, sometimes we choose between “Good”, “Better” and “Best”. You want to keep what is best.
- Be flexible. Every day will be a little different. There are days when you will have to look ahead and plan accordingly. There are times we slow work down to find balance at home and vice versa. Just make those the exception, not the rule.
In summary, balance is found when you make time for yourself. No, that isn’t selfish. It’s purely logical. You must take care of yourself before you can save the world. So go ahead, make a daily appointment to find balance, to center yourself, to reach your physical and spiritual goals. You’ll be glad you did!
– Lelani Craig | CommGap
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