How To Find A Work/Life Balance
Words By: Margaret Galang, YMF Founder
I’ll be frank and straight to the point – finding a work/life balance is hard work and not always possible. Right now, I feel like I’m drowning. Too much I want to do, and not enough time to do it. I am the person who believes we can have it all but I have yet to master how to do it. I am learning though, and one day I’ll hopefully have all the answers, but until then, here’s what I’ve learned so far about finding and maintaining a work/life balance…
Designate time for everything that’s important to you.
Yes, I believe we have to make sacrifices sometimes, but not for the things that are important to us. What kind of life would you be living if you weren’t making time for these things? That’s a sure-fire way to be living a life that you are unhappy with.
Work time is for work, family time is for family, me-time is for me. Try not to let them cross over each other.
It’s easy to get busy with work and let that take over at the expense of other things in your life, e.g. skipping your usual workout routine to get extra work done. I’m definitely guilty of that. But if you start to make that a habit, you’ll quickly lose work/life balance. Be disciplined enough to stick to your schedule. Don’t sacrifice the things that are important to you.
If you’re trying to juggle a lot of things, you might only have a short amount of time designated for everything. It doesn’t matter how much time you have, it’s about making the most of that time and being truly present in what you’re doing. It’s about quality, not quantity. Some day’s I’m so busy that the only uninterrupted time I get with the kids is when we are driving in the car, so I take that 5-10 minute drive to school to talk and have a laugh with them before they take off for school.
Put the phone down!
Phone’s really are the killer of modern day communication and interaction. Whenever I’m out for lunch or dinner, I always notice that at least half the people there have their heads buried in their phones instead of talking and interacting with the person right in front of them. Put the phone down, you can check the email or text message or status update later! Remember my earlier point about boundaries.
Ok, those are my lessons learned so far about having a work/life balance. As I learn more, I’ll be sure to share it with you ? If you have any tips to add, please share them with us on our Facebook or Instagram pages.