Do you struggle to juggle the demands of your work and family? You are not alone. Nearly 90 percent of Americans indicate that they believe their work-life balance is a significant problem.  When your work life and personal life are out of whack, your stress level is likely to soar while your health and quality of life can decline.  

BALANCE IN WORK

Workaholism is compulsively devoting an excessive amount of time and energy to work or other productive endeavors.  It goes beyond enjoying and being committed to your work. Do any of these characteristics apply to you?

DO YOU:

 

Lose perspective and become overly preoccupied with work?

Work long hours and bring work home?

Refuse to delegate, believing that you are the only one who can do the job?

Refuse to take vacations or remain preoccupied by work during vacations?

Have difficulty enjoying free or unstructured time?

Blame someone else for why you must work so much?

Deny the harmful impact that your work demands place on you and your family?

Claim to place a high value on family and health but spend almost no time supporting these priorities?


Only you can decide if your work hours and demands are excessive.  If you suspect there may be an imbalance, consider talking to close friends, family members or co-workers for an outside opinion.

Disclaimer: This exercise provides general information only. It is not a diagnostic test.  Information provided is not a substitute for professional advice.  If you feel you many need assistance, please consult a qualified health professional.

TIPS TO ACHIEVE BETTER BALANCE

·     Prioritize – Prioritization is necessary at work and at home. Map out the week ahead with priorities for each day including the most important work tasks and personal appointments or errands that need to get done. When it comes to household chores, don’t try to squeeze everything into one afternoon or day. That typically leads to frustration and failure. Try to do one thing each day instead of leaving everything to be done on your days off.

 

·     Delegate Away – At work, delegate those projects that you can. At home, assign appropriate tasks to family members. Also drop activities that you don’t enjoy or that aren’t a priority.

 

·     Leave Work at Work – Get into the habit of turning off your cellphone when you get home. Also avoid checking emails when you are home. Avoid bringing work home.

 

·     Make Time for Yourself – In the same way that you schedule business meetings, try scheduling some personal time for yourself on your calendar. It can be an exercise class, a book club session or a manicure. Be sure you are making time each week to nurture and take care of yourself.

 

·     Cultivate Relationships – Make an effort to develop personal friendships with your co-workers.Having friends at work and developing a support system can help to reduce stress in the workplace.