So You Want To Balance Your Work Life and Home Life

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Balancing your work life and your home life can be very difficult. Your job can require more of you than you are able to give in a typical 8 to 10 hour day. A lot of people will bring work home with them at night or on the weekends or will work longer hours to get their jobs finished. But the more time that you spend on your work, the less time you can spend with your family. A lot of marital problems can stem from one or both spouses spending more time at their job than with each other. However, there are ways to get your work life and your home life into balance.

* Take care of yourself. Eat a healthy balanced meal three times a day. Drink plenty of water and schedule exercise into your day, even if it's only 15 minutes. Get at least 8 hours of sleep a night. These are the most important steps that you need to take to get your life back in balance. Someone who is tired, skipping meals and is out of shape cannot function at their maximum capacity.

* Say no to the unimportant tasks. Many people do not know how to say no. They get themselves so buried in doing things for others that it becomes impossible for them to do anything for themselves.
* Make a list of your priorities. Think about what you want to be remembered for. If you had to write your own obituary, what would you want it to say? Do you want to be remembered for being an excellent employee and a "yes" person or do you want to be remembered as being a loving parent and spouse whose greatest accomplishment is family? Learn to say no to the things that will not help you achieve your goal.

* Another great way to balance your work with your home life is to find a job that is family friendly. Find an employer that recognizes that you have other people in your life and these people have needs too. Things such as employee assistance programs, health insurance that covers dependents and spouse, on-site child-care and paternity leave are all benefits to look for.

* Simplify your life. De-clutter your office at work and at home. Group your errands and take your child with you when you go. This is a great way to spend some alone time with your child. Turn off the television. Turning off the TV will free up precious time to play board games with the family or get out and take a walk with them.

* Eat together. Make it a priority for the family to get together for a least one meal a day at the table. This is valuable time that can be spent learning about your kids and some of the challenges they may be facing.
These are a few suggestions to help balance your work life and your home life. List your priorities and make a schedule to stick to them. Learn to say no to the unimportant things. You only get one chance at life. It's up to you to do everything you can to make it count.

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