Work Life Balance
- Is this what you want?
- What are you missing?
- Are you feeling satisfied and filled up by how you’re spending your time?
If you are, then don’t change a thing. If that isn’t the case, then you may want to consider what you’ve been sacrificing. What does your “best life” look like? Working with Laurie will enable you to bring your life more in line with your personal vision of what you’d like it to be.
Work life balance is defined by the prioritization and management of time and resources devoted to your job or career and your lifestyle. Your lifestyle encompasses your health, pleasure and leisure activities, family and personal life, spirituality, etc. Learning how to balance work and life is ambitious, but it’s a goal worth attaining.
Take stock of how you feel about your work life and your home life.
- Is work invading your personal life?
- Do you feel exhausted all the time, rendering yourself less productive and effective overall?
- Are you feeling resentful all the time, not even sure why?
- Are you missing out on get-togethers with family or friends?
- Do others expect more of you than you can reasonably deliver on a regular basis?
Monitor how much time you spend on the things that are important to you. If you notice you’re spending too much time on work, and not enough time devoted to your personal life (your interests, fun, home, family and friends), or vice versa (you never know!), you need to create a shift. Explore your options. Plan to reallocate your time and resources.
You are responsible for creating the balance in your life, no one else. If you rely on others to perceive what you need, you’ll end up frustrated and unhappy. Explore how you hope to achieve balance. If there are things you can put in place without asking of someone else (your employer, partner, etc.), don’t delay – determine how to make a change. If there are things you must request of your coworkers, boss or partner, formulate a plan for doing so.
Set appropriate boundaries and be prepared to enforce them.
Setting boundaries and learning how to say “no” is of paramount importance when it comes to establishing work life balance. Having work-free zones and time periods helps maintain the sanctity of your home life. This might be particularly difficult for those who work from their homes. If you work from home, try to keep work confined to your home office and do your best to prevent it from infiltrating other areas, such as the bedroom and kitchen or dining area. Separating work and personal/family time allows you to be fully present and engaged in each of them.
Relish the moment and take care.
Don’t let your life pass you by. Creating work life balance is not a magical process. It can be as simple as noticing and appreciating the small things that are always there; however, we need to slow down long enough to make that happen. It’s important to have downtime for this purpose and for the purpose of recharging our batteries. Also, giving ourselves the opportunity to gain clarity helps us to know what we need to invest in to achieve the balance we seek. Self-care is crucial. Shifting the work life balance scales is a delicate process requiring a steady hand.
Achieving work life balance doesn’t happen by accident. You will need to be deliberate in making it happen. Be practical with regard to your expectations. Obtaining work life balance is a continuous process. Imagine yourself pruning a tree: at some points in your life you may want to devote more energy to some areas, allowing those branches to flourish and grow freely, and at other times you may choose to attend to different areas of your life, trimming back that which you previously allowed to thrive, making way for your tree to take on a new shape.
If you are waiting for the perfect circumstances to live your “best life” you may never get there. There is no better time than now to begin to tip the scales back toward your own personal equilibrium.
- Be realistic in terms of what you want.
- Be present.
- Be mindful.
- Be flexible, willing to make minor adjustments on a regular basis.
Laurie can enable you to map out and follow through on the best plan of achieving work life balance for you.
Laurie Leinwand is a Professional Life Coach assisting clients with a variety of personal and professional life issues. Ideas 2 Action Life Coaching encompasses Laurie’s work as a life coach for women and men, career life coach and work-life balance coach.
Laurie provides personal development assistance with regard to powerful issues such as how to make a change in your life and finding fulfillment and your life purpose. In addition, she works with clients interested in learning how to say no, setting limits and boundaries, as well as balancing work and life.
Ideas 2 Action Life Coaching is located in Randolph, NJ and services the surrounding communities of Morristown, Denville, Parsippany, Florham Park and Mountain Lakes, New Jersey, though much of her coaching is done on the phone and is accessible to clients worldwide. Laurie is a member of the International Coach Federation (ICF) and the New Jersey Professional Coaches Association (NJPCA).
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