by Sharon M. Weinstein, MS, RN, CRNI-R, FACW, FAAN, CSP
Work/Life Balance or Workday Balance
We all have responsibilities, whether caring for children or elderly parents, or pursuing personal interests, activities, or hobbies. Some of us are in the “sandwich generation,” meaning that we’re juggling the challenge of school-age children and aging parents or family members. Workers must be equipped to resolve personal and workplace issues, juggle conflicting responsibilities, and balance personal and workplace roles.
“We need to maintain a proper balance in our life by allocating the time we have. There are occasions where saying no is the best time management practice there is.” Catherine Pulsife
At the same time, as business owners, we are constantly seeking ways to assist staff in managing their job responsibilities and their personal responsibilities and needs. Strategies for work/life balance help create supportive, healthy work environments; strengthen employee commitment and loyalty; and result in more productive workplaces and improved customer satisfaction.
Tip the Scales in Your Favor
Many of us are working harder than ever before. Our hours and days are longer. We lack free time, even at home, because there is too much to do and life gets in the way. We may have fallen into the technology trap because it is available 24/7. Look at your own situation and be honest with yourself. What is in your way? Could you possibly be getting in your own way? You can tip the scales in your favor with the addition of counterbalancing techniques like time management, prioritization, health awareness, and openness.
- Find Focus
For one day, notice how often you are not focusing on the task at hand. For example, during a phone call, are you thinking of what you must do after you are done with the call? Are you straightening the clutter on your desk as you listen to a coworker? Before you make a call or keep an appointment, take a moment beforehand to say to yourself, “I will give this my full attention.” Then do it.
- Track Your Time
Do you often find yourself at the end of the day wondering where the time went? Consider tracking how long it takes you to do routine tasks so that you can better plan your time.
- Make an Appointment
Right now, make an appointment for lunch or another activity with a friend or relative you have been meaning to spend time with.