Strate­gies To Cre­ate A Bet­ter Work-Life Bal­ance

Riverbank News - - WOMEN IN BUSINESS 2017 -

Par­ents with re­spon­si­bil­i­ties at work and at home com­monly strug­gle to find bal­ance be­tween th­ese two of­ten con­flict­ing sets of obli­ga­tions.

Sur­veys have in­di­cated that work­ing pro­fes­sion­als who work less are more likely to be happy with their work-life bal­ance than those who burn the mid­night oil at work, but for many adults, work­ing less is not al­ways an op­tion.

Cre­at­ing a bet­ter work­life bal­ance is an on­go­ing com­mit­ment, and even work­ing par­ents who em­ploy the fol­low­ing strate­gies may find they need to pe­ri­od­i­cally tweak their rou­tines so they can ful­fill their obli­ga­tions at home and at the of­fice.

Sched­ule fam­ily time. Since work­ing pro­fes­sion­als un­happy with their work-life bal­ance of­ten cite lack of fam­ily time as the rea­son for that dis­sat­is­fac­tion, find­ing time for fam­ily may be the key to chang­ing that out­look. Sched­ule time for fam­ily just as you sched­ule the rest of your daily com­mit­ments. List­ing fam­ily din­ners or ac­tiv­i­ties in your daily sched­ule will en­sure you don’t mis­tak­enly sched­ule other ac­tiv­i­ties dur­ing fam­ily time.

Em­ploy tech­nol­ogy where pos­si­ble. Some work­ing par­ents may feel as though tech­nol­ogy has made it harder than ever to leave work at the of­fice. But while smart­phones, tablets and other de­vices may mean you’re never too far away from work, tech­nol­ogy also can be used to cre­ate more time with loved ones. Em­ploy an app such as FaceTime to eat lunch with your spouse or chat with your chil­dren each day. Such in­ter­ac­tions may not be as en­joy­able as face-to-face in­ter­ac­tions, but build­ing them into your day can help you stay in touch with fam­ily and pro­vide a wel­come respite from busy work­days.

Use your va­ca­tion days. A re­cent study from Project: Time Off, a national move­ment aimed at high­light­ing the im­por­tant role that time off from work can play in the lives of pro­fes­sion­als, 55 per­cent of Amer­i­cans typ­i­cally do not use their full al­lot­ment of va­ca­tion days.

Pro­fes­sion­als who want to cre­ate a bet­ter work-life bal­ance can ex­am­ine their va­ca­tion day us­age and re­solve to use them all if they are not al­ready.

Par­ents can use va­ca­tion days on national hol­i­days when schools are closed so they can squeeze in fam­ily time even when they are not go­ing on trips.

Par­ents who put their minds to it can cre­ate a more ful­fill­ing work-life bal­ance.

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