While summer is here, and this is definitely time to have some fun, it’s also a good time to reflect on your current employment situation and your career. And ironically or not, one of the things you should reflect upon is your current work-life balance.
After all, it’s no secret that Americans work more than people in just about any other country in the world. Not only do we work more hours and longer hours, but we also take fewer vacation days. (Talk about a double-whammy.)
The good news is that there are things that you can do to help improve your current situation. In fact, below are five tips for improving your work-life balance (and career):
#1—Make your priorities . . . a priority.
What does this mean? Simply, that you can’t improve your work-life balance unless you actually prioritize it. The first step would be to write down your employment and career priorities in terms of work-life balance. The second step would be to rank those items in order of importance.
#2—Meet with your boss.
Some people might be hesitant to talk with their boss about their work-life balance and their desire for a better one. However, it’s in your boss’s best interest for you to excel in your position. The more you excel, the more productive you will be and the more value you will provide. Your boss wants you to be as productive (and valuable) as possible.
#3—Seek advice and ask for help.
If you have a mentoring relationship with somebody, then this would be the perfect time to enlist that person’s help and ask for their advice. But that kind of relationship is not necessary. You can also ask a family member (including your spouse), a friend, or a trusted colleague. All it takes is one insightful suggestion to make a big difference.
This means to plan your fun or the “life” part of your work-life balance equation. Fun is like anything else: if you don’t plan for it, then you increase the chances that it won’t actually happen. Either YOU will have to be your own accountability partner in this area or somebody else will have to hold you accountable, perhaps your spouse or significant other.
#5—Explore other employment opportunities.
At the end of the day, if you can’t envision yourself achieving a better work-life balance at you current employer, then exploring other employment opportunities is certainly a viable option. Although loyalty is admirable, remaining in a situation that is potentially harmful is counterproductive.
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