How to achieve love and work life balance?
Steve, Assistant Manager (Finance), in a consultancy firm, was observed by his boss to be confused and frustrated. His concentration levels had gone down, and he had become irritable in the recent past. His boss also found a drop in his productivity levels. When he confronted Steve and tried to find out the reason behind his lackluster performance of late, he discovered that Steve was suffering from an out of balance life.
Steve loved his job and made conscious efforts to excel at the workplace. However, in his zeal and passion for work, he ignored his family with the result that his relationships with the most important individuals in life developed strains.
There are millions of men and women like Steve, who work hard to achieve success. They get what they want, but pay the price in terms of their relationships becoming a chore. They are not to be blamed in today’s world where success is hard to achieve with cutthroat competition, harsher deadlines, workload, and falling profits. However, your love life and your work life are both integral parts of your life and hold equal importance.
You cannot take one of these for granted for long. You think that you are working hard only for the happiness of your loved ones. But when you do not have the time to communicate in a meaningful manner and enjoy some relaxing moments with them, your relationships are bound to suffer. Fortunately, there are ways to revive your relationships without adversely affecting your work.
Acknowledge the importance of your relationships
Your work is important, but your relationships are perhaps even more important. You work hard secured in the knowledge that you are loved by your wife and kids. But you get back only what you give to your relationships. If you continue to spend most of your time at the workplace, you do it at the cost of your relationships that demand love and care. Divide your time judiciously between work and love and you will easily restore work-life balance.
Do not bring work at home
With fast means of communication and devices that allow working at home, the boundaries between work and home have blurred. But you can create your boundaries by saying no to work at home. Let your loved ones feel that you are with them not just physically connect emotionally and spiritually too. Divide time between work and personal life and stick to your time table. Keep track of time at work and head straight to home to not let your family feel neglected.
Do not create a wall between work and family. Call to inquire about wife and kids and send text messages to them frequently. Go out with them frequently and have as much fun as you can have.
Communicate with your loved ones as frequently as possible. This might seem hard when you are at work, but a cute text message or a small and peppy talk is enough to remind your love that you care and respect her a lot.
Go out and enjoy with your family frequently. This will help you relax and developing a deep emotional bond between you and your loved ones.