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How to best achieve work-life balance

In a fast-paced life where your work and family demand equal time from you, it becomes stressful for many people to maintain a balance between the two. Challenges at work are growing with increasing demands from employers and it is compensated by the time we usually give to our personal lives and solely to us. Many people start compromising on their daily personal activities and weekend schedules. However, that is ultimately not the solution as it would affect their personal lives, and the other way round. So, if you too are finding it tough to meet the demands of your work and personal lives, check out some tips here that might get your balance right.

Prioritize things

You have only 24 hours a day as everybody else does. Have you ever thought why some people reach their workplace and go back home finishing their work on time? It is not always true that they have lesser work than you do. It is about the way they prioritize their daily activities. You might try it out too–by setting some priority items in your daily to-do list that you surely need to complete during your day. Check your list for the items that don’t take precedence over others, and do those tasks later if you are left with time at the end of the day.

Create a plan

You may create a daily or weekly plan in which you should include time for your family and friends, as well as for activities of your interest. If you have set time for a dinner date with your friend, you will have something to motivate you to finish your other tasks on time. You also get proactive on doing a lot of tasks. You daily plan should include the highest priority tasks to be done first, but should also have time for relaxed meals and some refreshing activities that rejuvenate your energy. Planning makes you more efficient.

Maintain the discipline

Prioritizing and planning are just not sufficient for a good work-life balance. You need to be disciplined to follow your plans and set schedules. There would be extra challenges appearing at work and home, but it is important how you tackle your priorities along with them. For example, if you have some sudden work request from a client, check its urgency by talking to them so you may either manage your time to fit that request in or postpone it to be included in your next day’s schedule.

Be involved and sacrifice a little

Some people just rush through things by multitasking, while that’s not the solution. You need to be involved if you are spending time with your kids or doing a serious business meeting. It’s just not okay if you are handling but giving insufficient attention to both, because you are thinking of your next activity. You wholehearted involvement is necessary in each activity and that can be done if you may sacrifice a little on your morning and evening schedule. Pull an extra hour or so from these timings so all your plans can be accommodated in your schedule.

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Dr Prem Jagyasi

Dr Prem is an award winning strategic leader, renowned author, publisher and highly acclaimed global speaker. Aside from publishing a bevy of life improvement guides, Dr Prem runs a network of 50 niche websites that attracts millions of readers across the globe. Thus far, Dr Prem has traveled to more than 40 countries, addressed numerous international conferences and offered his expert training and consultancy services to more than 150 international organizations. He also owns and leads a web services and technology business, supervised and managed by his eminent team. Dr Prem further takes great delight in travel photography.

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