Three Work Habits to Bring Home
Finding a balance between work life and personal life can sometimes be challenging for alumni and students. Let your success in business help you succeed in your personal life. Bring your good work habits home.
At work, you set measurable goals, write them down, and review them to make sure you are on track. Why wouldn’t you do the same in your personal life?
Start off simple: I will spend more time with my daughter. Make it measurable: Every night before bed, I will ask my daughter what was her favorite part of the day. Write it down: I add this as a recurring event on my smart phone, and it goes off every night at 8:30. Even if I am not home, I call her to make sure I find out what made her happy that day.
Five minutes a day, 365 days a year equals an additional 30 hours and 25 minutes spent with my daughter. This changes the focus from work to my daughter and ends the day on a happy and personal tone.
At work, your time is valuable. Outsourcing allows you to concentrate on your core functions. This is also true in your personal life. Evaluate the time-consuming household chores and outsource them.
Every two weeks, my husband used to spend a couple of hours mowing the lawn. We hired a lawn service, and now he spends the same couple of hours every two weeks playing basketball with his friends. This has allowed him to put in a workout, focus on his core relationships with his friends, and the lawn looks better than ever.
Set an Appointment.
Important work meetings are scheduled, set into your calendar, and reminder pop-ups alert you of your next appointment. Do the same with your personal life. Schedule the bi-weekly phone call with your college buddy or happy hour with your work friends. It will be harder to break these personal appointments when the commitment involves other people’s time.
Creating a work-life balance is a continuous process as your life changes. Reset your goals, find new ways to delegate and outsource, and renew your appointments on your calendar.
How do you balance your work and personal life?
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