How to Create a Work/Life Balance to Suit You

Family, Work / Thursday, August 24th, 2017

Having a good work/life balance is essential for you to thrive. All work and no play makes for a very dull existence and all play and no work is just not a sustainable way to live. I wouldn’t go burning the candle at both ends either, that’s a sure fire way to reach burnout at top speed!

Balance is not always an easy thing to achieve, especially when you have a demanding job and a family to support. Somewhere along the line something has to give. Compromises have to be made to make sure that you’re getting the most out of life.

For me, working from home has proven to be a challenge of epic proportions in relation to creating a decent work/life balance. First and foremost I am the primary carer of our two young daughters, they come first no matter what. That doesn’t mean that I don’t have to work though. It doesn’t mean that I don’t have deadlines to meet on a regular basis and that more often than not I’m spinning plates.

In my experience, there are ways to help yourself. At particularly busy times in your life, when you feel like those plates are going to crash to floor any minute, you can regain your balance. All it takes is putting a little thought and action into the following:

Be realistic –

Know what you can and can’t achieve at any given time. If it helps divide your day up in to time slots and dedicate an activity to each. Don’t try to fit in tasks that you know you won’t be able to finish and don’t let tasks that should take you a little amount of time, spill over into the next time slot.

This may seem like a very regimental way to live, but being realistic with your targets and abilities keeps you feeling on top of the game. You won’t feel overwhelmed by the intensity of your workload as you’ll have it all planned out and ready to complete in due course.

This plan doesn’t just have to be for your work life, allocate time to leisure activities too. The more balanced your planner appears when you look at it, the more balanced your mind will feel. Ah the power of organisation!

Learn how to say ‘no’ –

Saying no can be really hard. If you’re a people pleaser, you want to take on everything that comes your way to keep the guys on the other end happy. Now I’m not saying that you should become uncooperative and decline everything. Just have a clear idea of what you can and can’t fit in to your already busy schedule.

It’s a common misconception that people will resent you for saying no. Often people respect you more. Look at it this way, how can you expect someone to respect your worth and abilities if you don’t respect them yourself? Be strong and fair, you’ll feel so much better for it!

Utilise time saving technology –

These days there are apps out there for everything, reminders, planners, lists, schedulers – you name it. Use them! You’ll be amazed how much easier you can make your life by ditching the pen and paper and going ‘appy. The time you save by doing this can then be spent enjoying a break from work, it’s all about the balance!

Stop comparing yourself –

This is crucial! We waste so much time and energy on comparing our lives to those of others. Valuable time that could be spent hitting your next target, or taking some time out to enjoy your family in the present. Making comparisons holds absolutely no weight, because even the person who looks like they have everything together has their troubles.

Remember that everyone has good times and everyone fights battles, the best thing to do is concentrate on your own!


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28 Replies to “How to Create a Work/Life Balance to Suit You”

  1. some really great tips here, especially agree with comparing ourselves, it isn’t fair on anyone. I used to find saying no so hard but it’s getting easier.

  2. The amount of times I’ve said yes I can do such and such but not for at least a month! It’s not just work. If you want to see me socially you best get booked in soon or we’ll be talking next year! #blogstravaganza

  3. Saying no is something I have definitely had to work on but I’m now in my mid 40s and I’m ok with saying no! I think there is only so much you can take on and with families, work and sorting chores there are only so many hours in the day! Great post. #blogstravaganza

    1. So true, I’ve recently learnt how to say no and feel so much more relaxed now I’m not taking on the world! xx

  4. I’m off to go buy an organiser today! haha, my life would be so much easier if I balanced things a bit better and told myself that I AM going to do such and such, instead of “maybe I’ll do that in a bit…” I need to be stricter on myself. – and I totally agree, I spend way too much time worrying about what others think and how I could be more like so and so etc! #blogstravaganza

  5. This is a very timely post for me, having felt as though I’ve not found a good balance during the summer holidays this year. I need to work harder on resetting my own expectations too x #Blogstravaganza

  6. This is an ongoing issue for me. It’s hard to make non bloggers realise just how much work goes into making a successful blog. Luckily for me many of the blog posts I write are inclusive of family and as we share so many interests it barely seems like I’m working at those times. Other than that, my dogs force me to get up and out every day for their long walk. So it’s not all nose to the screen… x #Blogstravaganza

  7. This is all so true. I think we forget quite often that we need to look ourselves more in order to achieve some work/life balance. I know I need to do a better job of this x

  8. So much love for the way you write! And the way your tips are doable and realistic. Speaking of being realistic, that’s the one I need to work on – I’m forever making these grand lists of things I want to get done and when they don’t happen (they were never going to) I feel overwhelmed and disappointed. Some really sound advice here x

    1. Ah you make my heart smile! I’m so glad you like it! I’m with you on the great expectations front, I’ve really had to learn to rein it in! xx

  9. Lovely! I face these challenges on a daily basis! Juggling the 4 kids, husband, work, their schedules and the household is not always easy. I must admit I do lists! Endless sticky notes and reminders of everything. I struggle with the time slots thing though…. I’m going to try harder! Thank you x

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