Most people discover a significant disparity between what they say is important to them and what they are doing with their time. This is especially true with working professionals and entrepreneurs. Many of these individuals say they want to spend more time with their families or would like to have a balance between professional life and home life. It is this same group of people that truly struggle to find a balance between work or running their business and the personal and family time. Often, family time gets interrupted due to the demands of their work or business obligations. This lack of balance causes internal as well as external tension. This leads to an increase in stress and overwhelm which in turns leads to stress related illnesses and diseases.
If you are looking for ways to establish balance between professional life and home life, keep reading for some solutions that you can incorporate into your life immediately.
Once you begin to become mindful and understand the disparity that exists in your life, you can begin to determine what corrective action you need to take.
- First of all be mindful of the disparity by acknowledging it but don’t let it capture your energy.
- Write it down and be specific. i.e. (I stay too late at the office each night. I will come home from work 30 minutes earlier each night so that I can spend more time with my family)
- List the steps you will take to change the amount of your time and attention you devote to this imbalance. ( I will turn off my cell phone every night at 6pm and will not turn it back on until the morning)
- Commit to completion dates for each step and after a reasonable period of time, reevaluate and make adjustments as necessary.
It is important that you be as specific as possible when writing the disparity down that you want to correct. For each disparity list the steps you will take to change it. These things assist you with being mindful of the process and will allow you to see what works and what does not. It will aid you to eliminating what does not work and seeing what does work. It is through this process that you will be able to incorporate the solutions that work in bringing the balance in your life in your life that you seek.
When a person has the balance in their life that they seek, they operate in a more efficient and productive manner. There is less stress, more joy and more peace and a sense of well-being.