(attributed to) Sharon F. Buchalter Ph.D. Clinical Psychologist
Are you looking to achieve that work-life balance?
At the end of every year, holidays bring forth love, laughter, and joy — all of the things we yearn for year long. However, the stress of balancing your career with your life at home can have an adverse effect on your career and personal life. Therefore, it is imperative to achieve and then maintain a work-life balance during the holidays, so neither is compromised.
The pressure associated with attaining a quick completion of all of your tasks at work and home can either make or break your holiday. So, if you too are trying to get done with all of your tasks before the end of 2020 while saving yourself from missing out on anything at home, listed below are a few tips that can enable you to reach the balance you desire.
Work Smart — Not Hard
Instead of wasting endless effort on multiple projects simultaneously, work in parallel. Make a list of what needs to be done now and what can be done later, and then divide your effort and time accordingly. It is important to understand your strengths and weaknesses, which can help you find out which project will take longer and what project could be done sooner, hence helping you diverge importance between different projects efficiently.
Plan everything. Create a schedule for business-related tasks, along with everything you have to do at home. Time theming can do wonders; if you know what tasks you need to complete and the time the work needs to be delivered, you’ll achieve the epitome of systemization that will save you from time-consuming confusion.
Automate Everything You Can
Use modern-day technology to your advantage, save time and energy by automating specific tasks instead of doing them yourself, such as employing a marketing platform to market your business for you, for customer services you could install CRM and for internal processes such as sharing files, try out an Enterprise Content Management System. It begins with an automatically generated response and ends with your life getting a whole lot easier.
Diffuse Your Workload
Share your responsibilities, and understand that you cannot do everything on your own. Whether it’s doing laundry or sending an email, learn to delegate at work, and ask for help at home. Two great minds are always smarter than one.
It is essential to identify what truly matters. Set priorities, and understand that you will have to choose between your career and family at times. For example, your daughter’s first performance in a play is more important than a routine meeting. In contrast, a contract signing should keep you from attending that holiday dinner you can’t bear either way.
Divide Time, Finance, and Energy
Draw a line between the time, money, and effort you need to put into your career and your life at home, and ensure that those two lines don’t merge. Set hours that you need to complete for work and the time you want to be spending at home either with yourself or anyone who matters.
Appreciate Yourself, Learn to Let Go
Life is an eternal work in progress. You may not be able to do everything you want to when you want to do it. Therefore, it is compulsory to appreciate yourself for the work you are getting done and the little things, like finally decorating that unadorned Christmas tree you bought last year.
Don’t forget to relish the moment, enjoy whatever you’re doing, whether it’s at work or home. Learn to let go of things that you haven’t been able to get done even after trying. You matter too, so make sure you exercise, eat well, and maintain your circadian rhythm. The final tip is to believe in yourself, and know that you will get there one day — until then, happy holidays.
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