Get the balance right

PUBLISHED: 16:31 15 June 2009 | UPDATED: 15:08 20 February 2013

Maintaining a healthy balance between work and family

Maintaining a healthy balance between work and family

Are you weighted down with work? Is family life taking a backseat to your career? Anna Mason looks at how to achieve the correct work/life balance that benefits you, your family and your employers

Are you weighted down with work? Is family life taking a backseat to your career? Anna Mason looks at how to achieve the correct work/life balance that benefits you, your family and your employers




Balancing work and life responsibilities is a challenge that clearly hits a nerve with many people. There can be a lot of pressure to work long hours swiftly followed by guilt - not spending enough quality time with the family, not investing enough effort into the children, feeling too tired at weekends, not enjoying that work/life balance.


Achieving that balance means looking after ourselves. The benefits of looking after ourselves means that it gives us space to get on with our lives and live the life we choose rather than being forced down a road we don't want to take.


What I am talking about here is the tending, feeding and general good husbandry of self. For example is you have a nagging toothache then that is pretty much all you can think about. Perhaps if you had regular dental check ups the toothache was preventable. Do you get my drift?


Take a look at the check list below.


1. Money. Do you pay your bills on time and consistently save 10% of your income? Are your personal assets all adequately insured?


2. Wellbeing. Do you exercise three times a week? Do you brush and floss your teeth daily and have regular dental check ups?


3. Physical Environment. Are your clothes clean and pressed and make you feel and look great? Do you practice recycling? Do you live in a house/flat that you love and in an area of your choice?


4. Relationships; Is there anyone you would dread meeting or feel uncomfortable encountering at a party, a meeting or bumping into in the street? Do you have a wide circle of friends/family who love and appreciate you for who you are and not for what you do?


There are, of course, many more questions you can ask yourself around these topics and others, some will be personal to you.


Just like tending your garden so it blooms and grows you must tend yourself to get the very best from you.



Top tips



1. Focus on your desired outcome. Begin with the end in mind and work backwards.


2. Don't be busy doing nothing - 20% of your actions achieve 80% of your results.


3. Schedule preparation and planning time into your diary as you would an appointment.


4. Consider carefully what you say "yes" to.


5. Learn to say "no" effectively...and get comfortable with it.


6. Weed out your commitments regularly.


7. Create a priority to do list.


8. Deal with e-mails twice a day. Mid-morning and mid-afternoon will suffice.


9. Rid yourself of those things which rob you of energy.


10. Allow yourself regular time off and stick to it.



Anna Mason is an accredited life coach. For more information visit


www.annamason.co.uk





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