Work and Personal Life Balance

You enjoy your job, and working your way up the corporate ladder is both challenging and satisfying. However, maintaining healthy relationships with your spouse and children is also one of your top priorities.

Finding the right balance between work and home is not always easy, but it is not an impossible task. Although today’s families are busier than ever, they also have a wide range of helpful tools at their disposal. With proper planning and organization, it’s possible to thrive in your business and at home.

Before you can find a balance that works for you, you have to understand what’s truly important in your life. Take some time to think about what a perfect work/home balance would look like for you. Maybe you want to be able to meet with clients one evening a week with no distractions, or perhaps you want to make coaching your son’s soccer team a priority.

Although you can achieve a balance that works well for everyone, you have to learn to say no in order to say yes to the most important things. If you are constantly stressed and exhausted, both your work and your family will suffer.

Since the people you love are important to you, too, include them in the conversation about priorities. Sometimes, what’s most important to you might not be as important to them. For instance, you might be making date night with your partner a priority while she would prefer for you to be home for family dinners each night. You’re already attending your daughter’s music recitals, but she would really love for you to have time to practice softball with her in the backyard.

Once you have determined your priorities, you can start making plans to turn these dreams into reality. When you have schedule conflicts between home and work, you’ll have to get creative.

Let’s say your boss has offered to pay for you to further your education. Traditional schooling means too much time away from home and the office, but getting an MBA online could be a great option.

When scheduling challenges arise, look for creative solutions instead of just seeing the problems. You don’t have to sacrifice your family to have a successful career, and you also don’t have to let go of your business goals because you have a family. The process might not always be easy, but the end results are rewarding.


Ms. Career Girl

Ms. Career Girl was started in 2008 to help ambitious young professional women figure out who they are, what they want and how to get it.