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Published on May 08, 2015

Four Ways to Find Work/Life Balance

Finding the sweet spot between your work life and your personal life often feels like a never-ending struggle. While there are only so many hours in the day, there are little things you can do to feel more connected to your family—while still being dedicated to your job and other responsibilities.

  1. Schedule Downtime: It may seem silly to create a calendar event for an activity outside work hours, but it will help you commit to getting the free time you deserve. Email a calendar invite to friends, family or your spouse for a fun get-together. Planning a regular family game night or coffee date with friends can help you get into the routine of fitting in social activities. For dedicated me-time, book a couple of nights on your calendar to unwind at home, read a book, watch a movie or do some yoga.
  2.      Separate Your Spaces: When you’re constantly working at home—or checking social media at work—boundaries become blurred and you can feel like you’re always working or never doing enough. Try to limit working from home unless it’s absolutely necessary. Many of us have email on our phones, so it’s easy to check just one message, which leads to another, then another. When you’re enjoying your downtime, unplug from your devices and fully appreciate the moments you have with friends and family.
  3.      Make Smarter To-Do Lists: Is your to-do list out of control? Make it more manageable by prioritizing tasks into categories like “To Do Now,” “To Do Tomorrow,” and “To Do Next Week,” so you don’t get stuck at work completing projects that aren’t urgent when you could be catching up with the kids after school. You can also try the Eisenhower Matrix, which helps sort your to-do list.
  4.      Find More Time: Look for little ways to make more time in the day. Are you going to the grocery store every evening for something you forgot? Make weekly shopping lists and pick up everything at once. Listen to audio books at the gym, coordinate a carpool schedule with other parents or
    make meals for the whole week to freeze and reheat. Start waking up earlier to do something for yourself in the morning instead of going straight to the office. Head out on a walk or run, read the paper, watch an episode of your favorite show or play with the kids or pets.

How do you find work/life balance? Share in the comments below!

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