Striking that perfect balance between career and family has always been a challenge for workers/business owners. Your schedule gets busier, especially for those just launching a business or starting their career, which often causes your work or personal lives to suffer.
Achieving the elusive “work-life balance” can often feel like an impossible goal, especially for people who strive to give everything 100%. In today’s work environment that you are expected to “do more with less” competitive reality. How can we manage careers and families and feel satisfied with both?
But while some business owners/workers may need to be burning the midnight oil, there are a few ways to manage your own business better and take care of your family without getting overly stressed out.
Why Work-Life Balance is Important
When employees feel a greater sense of control and ownership over their own lives, they tend to have better relationships with management and can leave work issues at work and home issues at home. Balanced employees tend to feel more motivated and less stressed out at work, thereby increasing company productivity and reducing the number of conflicts among coworkers and management.
Companies that gain a reputation for encouraging work-life balance have become very attractive to workers and will draw a valuable pool of candidates for new job openings. These companies also tend to enjoy higher employee retention rates, which results in less time-consuming training, more loyalty, and a higher degree of in-house expertise.
Promoting this balance is beneficial to individuals and the company. This is a practical guide for employers who want to promote a healthy work-life balance for their teams and individuals who want to reduce the stress of balancing work and family.
Here are some.
Set daily goals. When you have specific goals and aims in front of you, things will become smoother. It is important to set goals for yourself before going to work the next day. When you have some plans ahead, you will find it easy to make choices and manage other things.
When you accomplish these daily goals, you will feel happier, more confident, and less stressed when you go home at the end of the day.
Learn to Say “No.” Remember that you can respectfully decline offers to run the PTA or serve on an extra committee at work. When you stop doing things out of guilt, you’ll find more time to focus on the activities that truly bring you joy.
Delegate. Delegate your business and family responsibilities. If your kids are older, get them and your spouse to assist you with the family tasks. If you are at your job, then delegate some of your responsibilities to your other qualified employees.
If you try to do everything, you will get upset and anxious. A person can only do so much on a given day. If you feel like you are doing too much, then take a break and evaluate your situation.
Prioritize your tasks. Determine what needs to be done right away and do those particular tasks in order of importance. That way, you won’t constantly be worrying about completing these vital projects and can relax (a little bit) after they are complete.
Communicate. Please don’t waste your time assuming that certain people will do what they need to do. Talk to your coworkers and your family so that everybody is on the same page. This can not only save you a lot of time but also will reduce your stress level.
Prepare for surprises. Sometimes certain events may happen that might take everyone by surprise. Be flexible and when these unexpected events arise, deal with them immediately.
For example, some of your project members become sick three days before an important presentation. Instead of getting upset and anxious, reassign some of the tasks to your other employees.
Don’t procrastinate. Do not put things off when you can do them today. As an entrepreneur, you, your staff, and your family members must complete tasks promptly. You never know when something may come up and throw a wrench in your plans. Being efficient daily can prevent future problems down the road.
Protect Your Private Time. Allow yourself to daydream in the subway or appreciate good weather on your walk to work. If you don’t allow yourself pockets of personal time, you’ll become too burned out to appreciate any part of your life fully.
Reduce any potential conflicts. Things will not always go your way. When a potential problem starts to develop with your workers or family members, try to find a solution immediately. Do not let potential conflicts drag on from one week to the next. Use your problem-solving skills to prevent any arguments. Be open-minded and be willing to see where the other person is coming from.
Get help if you need it. Sometimes a person might need to speak to a counselor or take some educational classes in time management. Your local business groups may have seminars that could help you get organized. Also, getting advice from others will provide you with additional insights on dealing with your business anxieties and your family responsibilities.
Find Your Balance
It can be difficult to balance a stressful job with family life. Finding ways to manage this stress and strike a balance will help you foster healthy family relationships and support your own.