How To Balance Your Personal and Work Life

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Both work life and personal life are demanding. But it’s important and of great advantage to strike a balance between them. For a good number of people, it has been a major challenge trying to balance their personal and work life. Like I stated earlier, personal and work life are both demanding. Let’s say you’re a nursing mother and at the same time a secretary; you know what it is like to work and still make it up to your baby. Maybe you’re a cashier, doctor, lawyer, or a journalist; you’ll agree with me that sometimes you feel like stopping the hands of time or adding a few more hours to the basic 24 hours we have in a day.

It doesn’t matter your career or the kind of job you do; everyone needs some time for themselves; time to spend with family and friends, time to relax and recreate, time to squeeze in a few dates and many other personal and private matters. You also need to know that having a personal and work life balance varies with time and responsibilities.

All the same, whether you’re single or not, have kids or not, you need to know that there are habits that can hinder your success in having a balance between work and personal life and at the end of this article you should be able to create a balance between your work and personal life. Let’s consider the following tips.

Make a to-do list

This is the first thing you need to do if you want to create a balance between your work and personal life. Writing out every single thing you want to achieve in a day is not only good but helps your daily productivity. You need to be certain on what you want each day this will focus your attention on the things you want and off the things you don’t.

Prioritize your daily goals

What are your priorities each day? Striking a balance between your work and personal life is based on priorities. After setting your goals, you also need to make a priority based on the goals that are more important to you for each day. This goes a long way to make sure your energy is geared at the more important stuff than the unimportant ones. This creates more efficiency in your results and frees up more time for your other activities.

Identify what drains your time and avoid it

A lot of people waste their time on people or activities that don’t add value to them. Take note of activities that have little or no benefits to your career or personal life, and minimize the time you spend on them like spending your productive time gossiping with a colleague. You may even finish up your work and leave the office earlier if you make a conscious effort to cut the time you spend on the web and social media sites, making unimportant phone calls. These are common habits we indulge in and don’t even realize how much negative effects they have on balancing our work and personal life.

Avoid working extra time

Try as much as you can to decline extra offers that may interfere with your personal life. You can politely decline offers to serve on an additional committee at work. Know that you can only help if you want to and nobody can force you to do things you don’t want. Don’t be forced to do things out of guilt or don’t let people make you feel indebted to them.

Pay someone to help in some home chores.

Sometimes you may not have the time to make your bed, wash the clothes, trim and water your flowers. Try to spend more time enjoying your life with friends and family than letting some house chores interfere. It’s okay to pay someone else to clean your house if you can afford.