Let me know if the following scenario describes your typical work day:
I wake up at 7:00am, take the dog for a brisk walk around the neighborhood while I enjoy the relative quiet of the morning hour, and then return home for a warm breakfast with the entire family around the kitchen table. I arrive at the office by 9:00am, take a coffee break around 10:30am and a full hour for lunch at noon, and I’m in my car by 5:05pm with the work responsibilities left on my desk. Once home, I focus on my kids and spending time with my spouse before going to bed at a reasonable hour.
Can you relate to this person’s day? If the answer is “no,” you certainly are not alone. We now live in a society that expects us to be working, or at least accessible to work, 24 hours a day and seven days a week. The idea of an eight-hour work day seems worthy of a spot in the Smithsonian!
During my work as a career and life coach, I advocate working hard and getting that extra edge that will give you an advantage when it comes to accelerating your career. However, you must find a balance between your work life and your home life and a recent article on the FOX Business website offers some suggestions.
The author of the piece suggests the importance of finding balance between your professional and personal life, and points out that the ideal balance will be different for every person. You must use communication, scheduling, and even time that is meant only to re-energize you and not provide anything to anyone else, to be the best at every role you must play. I hope you will read the article and think about the level of balance that exists (or is missing) in your life right now.
Are there certain steps you have taken to not allow yourself to get completely consumed by work? Maybe you’ve decided to turn off your phone between 6:00pm and 8:00pm. Maybe you promise always to put your kid’s soccer games ahead of having dinner with a client. Let us know what you are doing to find happiness both in the office and in your home.