Your work provides the resources your family needs to be safe and comfortable, and even enjoy life. People often consider themselves lucky when they find a job they love and find a sense of purpose doing. However, no one wants their entire life to be taken over by work. If you spend long hours on the job and worry about missing important personal and family moments, seeking life counseling or expert advice can help restore your sense of balance. Here are some a few tips you can use to enjoy your work while also having enough time for family.
How to Achieve Work-Life Balance
1. Find What’s Important
Not all tasks or activities are of equal importance. At work, you may handle some tasks that could be outsourced, automated, or managed differently to cut down on time. The same is true at home—outsourcing housekeeping and laundry, preparing ingredients in advance, or subscribing to meal kits can all give you more time to unwind with loved ones after a long day. Make a list of the tasks that are most important to you both at work and home. Then, come up with ways to outsource, ask for help, or say no to the rest.
2. Track Your Time
Do you know where your time goes? Between checking email throughout the work day and scrolling through social media in the evenings, many people lose track of the hours they spend using their digital devices. Use a time tracking or screen use app to determine where most of your day goes, so you can prioritize activities or put limits on non-essential browsing.
3. Think Seasonally
You may not always be able to have perfect balance on a day-to-day basis. Some days or weeks are just very busy at the office. During others, you may have family obligations that shift your focus away from work altogether. Instead of stressing about not balancing everything perfectly each day or week, take a broader look at the month or quarter to gauge your progress and make sure you’re giving attention to both areas.
If you need more personalized life counseling advice, turn to Goal Focused Results in Kaneohe, HI. Founder Roanne Abe is a certified life coach who is trained to help clients in a variety of areas ranging from work-life balance to health and wellness. She uses proven life counseling techniques to help you outline your goals and form concrete strategies for achieving them. You can schedule an initial mentoring session online or call (808) 386-2834 to get started.