Have you ever had the nagging feeling that you should be doing something else? It might come when you’re looking at family pictures on Facebook during work hours, or when your kids call you late in the evening and ask you when you’re coming home. Finding the right work/life balance can be one of the biggest (and toughest) parts of finding satisfaction with your day-to-day experiences. Luckily, the key to developing an effective balance lies in proper organization and time management.
Our 2013 Resolutions Survey featured a new entry on the list of top resolutions – “Improve Family Relations”. With so many people working extra hours during this time of economic uncertainty, it’s not surprising that this resolution worked its way up the list.
So how can you balance your work life with your personal life? Start by scheduling out times to spend with your family and friends. Having a bowling night or girls night out scheduled on your calendar can give you something to look forward to, giving you more motivation to make it through the workday. You can also schedule time in the morning before work – a daily breakfast with your kids can be a great time for building relationships without other tasks getting in the way.
When you get to work, focus on working efficiently. Taking time from your tasks to check social media sites or listen to your co-worker’s latest drama can put you further behind than you might think – along with the time spent during the distraction, you face a loss of concentration on the task at hand. If you find ways to increase your focus, you might find that you can finish your nine-hour day in less than eight hours.
In the end, concentration is key. If you take time to exercise and get enough rest each evening, you’ll have an improved mental state that can help you work quickly. And during your relaxation time, focus on relaxing – without the constant pull of the mobile office.