"I If you are interested in" balancing "work and pleasure, stop trying to balance them, instead make your work more enjoyable. "- Donald Trump
We all have "things" to manage in our daily lives.
Some of us work at home, others make the dreaded journey every day. Many have children or pets to watch for; some are employees responding to a boss, while others are the boss dealing with their employees.
There are meetings, parties, job interviews, school concerts, family emergencies, sporting events, health crises and many other things that wreak havoc on our careful planning
Obstacles to work-life balance
Whatever your position in life or the peculiarities of your situation at a given moment, there are only a few hours in the day. Finding a balance between your personal and professional life can be a daunting task, but it is not mandatory. Avoid these five destructive things that will prevent you from achieving that elusive balance between work and home life.
1. To be a perfectionist
You are too hard on yourself. You are your worst critic. Yes, it is important to care about the work you do, but it is equally important to take care of your family and your home.
The very idea of perfection is an illusion. If you find yourself often criticizing yourself and rehashing the mistakes you made and how that made you feel, it's time to re-evaluate your expectations. It's fine with the fact that it's perfectly fine not to be perfect.
2. Give people 24/7 access to you
Whether your boss or your clients contact you at 11pm, you need time to stop. It goes home, too, take family breaks as needed to do your own thing.
People will treat you as you allow them to treat you – this sounds true in ALL areas of life.
One of my favorite quotes has been and will always be, " Poor planning on your part does not constitute an urgency on my part . "
Create limits and stick to them. There should be some time each day that you stop doing for everyone and focus on charging for the next day. Read a book, take a bath or watch your favorite TV show. Be fair.
3. React to everything immediately
You do not have to answer every e-mail or return each phone message as you go.
Prioritize. Every night I make a list of the most important things that I need to do the next day. It's easy to react to anything, but by doing so (believe it or not), you'll get less results. Allow one hour to read and reply to emails. You can also schedule the time for your social media accounts (which can be a huge distraction and timeuck at work and at home).
Create a system that works for you and stick to it.
4. Taking the habit of productivity
Skipping breaks and staying up all night to work makes you feel like you're busy, but it may not be done anymore. Productivity is about doing things efficiently, not about being a hero who lacks sleep and skips meals on behalf of being so busy that he "could not help it" .
If you're so busy, you need to focus on automating what you can, outsource what you can, and make better use of your time.
5. Living in a world when you should be in the other
If you think about work while you're at home and at home while you're at work, are you really paying attention?
Are you at your most productive in one or the other role?
Taking a hard and honest look at your habits might be difficult, but it's essential. You must be present at home with family and family problems just as much as you need to leave these problems at home while you are at work.
It is important for your family to understand when you have a deadline.
However, you must also find a balance where you will finally reach that point in the day when all your work problems will remain at work, allowing you to be present at home – physically AND mentally.
Reissued with permission. Original here.
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