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A framework balance personal life and professional life in two simple parts

 Feb 03, 2021

Is it beneficial to achieve work-life balance nowadays? Or It is just a myth?

My colleague asks "How you are doing?" and I answered, "There is always something you can do." It was such a simple statement, but it hit me. I started to think about it and to recognize that it's true. We always have a choice.

When you are entrenched into thinking behaviour patterns or, you tend not to look outside your box. Unless something shakes you up, you fail to see even the most common-sense options that are available to you.

Each of us understands something different by work-life balance. However, In this situation, the principle we all share is that what this means is to have a satisfying amount of time available for outside work activities. This may the quality of time spent with your family, time dedicated to grow spiritually or get into a better physical shape, to pursue a hobby and so on.

I approach work-life balance in two parts in this blog:

Part 1: Think about the Big Picture

- Set Your Priorities

It all starts by clarifying your priorities in life. No set model works for all people, but we can set preferences because it's all about priorities It may be the case that if you dedicate the larger part of your time to building your career, you are happy.
Then, even if your time and energy distribution is unbalanced, this I by choice and It may be Okey in your case, this particular moment in your life.

There's a situation when what happens in your life is not congruent with your values and priorities. At that time, You need to be honest with yourself in assessing your values and priorities.

For example, don't lie to yourself that you are happy to work all day long and spend very little time with your family if this is not true. - this is the way that you can manage your life-work balance

- Think and apply with Ideal Life, Assess Your Current Situation and Determine the Gap

In this work-life balance criteria, It should be a realistic image, based on what is feasible about your thought process.

For example, It is impossible to set as your objectives to develop a successful management consulting career, spend a lot of time with your family, read ten books a week, visit travelling peaceful and enjoyable places and do such an activity that refreshes your life routine.

Jobs in your field are particularly demanding on your time and energy. It doesn't matter if you change your position or not, because staying in that industry simply implies working very long hours. For example, this is the case with management consulting. If your career choice is to be successful with companies and the likes, you need to be prepared to work very long hours and travel extensively and keep in mind that this is also part of life.

Your current job may require that you regularly work 12 hours a day, no matter how productive you are. In this case, you may simply need to look for another job.

Assess what your current situation and the gap versus your ideal life is.

- Take Accurate Action to Fill the Gap

Whatever the case, in-term, you do have several choices. You may change the industry you work in, the company, the type of job. This may require that you need to do some more work to meet education requirements, but almost anything is possible if you are determined.

So never feel that you are a prisoner of circumstances. You always have a choice!

Determine the gap between your perfection and your current life in terms of work- life balance and then start to close the gap by addressing the most critical improvement opportunities.

Part 2: Advice to Improve Your Current Work-life Balance

- Keep More Productive at Work

Get better at time management. Maximize your efficacy and after that, also your efficiency. You need to continue to apply the 80/20 principle along the way ruthlessly. If you step up your productivity but take on more and more work, you will not progress in terms of work-life balance.

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- Set Limits

To enjoy your work-life balance, you need to be a master at setting limits. You may be supposed to be, At the beginning of my career I used to put in long hours, thinking that'ok, I just need to finish this urgent project and then I will go for a more balanced schedule". It didn't happen, as there is always something more to do, something urgent or essential to address.

If you don't set limits, you will find yourself at the mercy of circumstances and external pressures. Decide on a set hour when you leave the office. You will need to be flexible in certain circumstances, but try to stick to your rule unless anything outstanding happens. If you don't set an hour to go home, it is for sure that you'll stay at the office more than if you do set one. And try not to take any work home. Separate your professional from your personal life.

- You have to Learn to Say No

This is most important which related to the previous rule. We all face many demands on our time and attention, In both our personal and professional lives. To focus on what is important to us, we need to quit spending time on low importance activities. There will always be pressure from others to do this and that, so You do need to learn to say no to low priority commitments.

- Do Simplify Your Life

Sometimes we do our life very complicated, Rasesha strongly advice to make life simple. We all get used to doing things in a certain way. Usually, we don't regularly assess how we do them and a better way of doing them. So take some time now to think about the activities you do regularly. Is there a way to cut some steps, to do them in a more time-efficient manner or You may think about to eliminate them?

- Take Care of Yourself

Last but not least, Making sure that you observe the fundamentals. Have enough rest. Exercise regularly and try to eat as healthy as possible. These fundamental rules set a sound foundation for your sense of balance. These three elements are all essential, and they impact your life tremendously long term.

I can coach you to make the unpleasant experience to lose their power over you and help you being effective to move ahead.