Creating A Stable Work-Life Balance

Q:  I struggle with my work-life balance.  How do I keep things stable?

Boy, I think we all struggle with work-life balance, don’t we?  The first thing to recognize is that, for most of us, our work and life are linked more than we can imagine.  Generally, what we do contributes to who we are.  But for some, we become our work and cannot separate at all.  That’s when the problems start.

In the ideal world, you are actively building a life that includes a job you really enjoy, surrounding yourself with people that care about you and participating in activities that you can look forward to and enjoy.  Of course, not everything we do in life can be fulfilling.  Some things just need to get done, right?

I’ve been out of work-life balance before and it is a risk for me all the time.  In 2008, I was writing two blogs while working full time and volunteering significant time in my local community.  And playing in a weekend baseball league.  That was crazy.  And then one day, I sat down and wrote down two things:

1.  Everything I was doing in my life

2.  Those things I really wanted to be doing

I then set in motion a plan to remove the inconsistencies from my life.  I just learned to say “no” to opportunities outside of what I wrote in point #2.

Sounds simple, but it worked!  And, from time to time, I go back and review that list.  To make sure it all still works.

In terms of keeping things stable, don’t expect that at work going forward.  Although you might find it, we are heading into an interesting time and relationship between employer and employee.  But even if you can’t guarantee stability at the work place, you can create a stable life and career platform.  By building balance into your life (see post below).

Here are some other thoughts from the blog that should help you:

 

Pro Bono Consulting: Is It Right For You?

3 Ways To Be Awesome In Everyday Life

Making It Fashionable To Volunteer

Are You A Career Conservative?

5 Ways To Build A Stable Career and Life Platform

Losing A Job That Really Matters

The Opportunity That Failure Brings

How To Be Truly Happy At Work

On Volunteering During Job Search

Have You Ever Been Married To The Job?

Also, here are some resources on the site that may help you with work-life balance . . .

New E-Book: Taking Action On Your Ideas.

Great Books For Job Search, Career and Life

For more posts on this topic, see the main topic page for Work-Life Balance


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