Finding Balance

Leave Work Early Day!

Finding Balance Yin-yang Wellbeing Concept

Today, June 2 is observed, for fun, as Leave Work Early Day. There are many good reasons for taking advantage of this holiday to leave work a little early or let your employees do the same.

Consider the importance of:

  • Work-Life balance
  • Being a considerate boss
  • Taking some valuable “me-time” to relax and do what you want.

As the effects of poor stress management and the damaging effects of chronic stress become widely discussed, take the day to do something positive for your health, mental state, and very likely staff morale.

“We need to do a better job of putting ourselves higher on our own ‘to do’ list.”

Michelle Obama, former First Lady

The Elusive Balance

Can you find balance in your life? Some say you can, while others say there is no such thing if you want to be highly successful.

It’s true that many of the most high-profile successful people have anything but balanced lives. But, many of them are also miserable, too.

You can attain a high level of success and enjoy all the aspects of your life that mean the most to you.

Find balance with these strategies:

  1. Cut back on the non-essentials. If you’re struggling to find balance in your life, a lack of time is the most common issue. Take a look at how you spend your time each week. What are the activities you can do without?
  2. Avoid wasting time. Now, consider all the ways you genuinely waste time. This might include watching TV reruns, surfing the internet, or window shopping. The more time you can find in your life to apply to the things that matter, the more balanced you can make your life.
  3. Set your priorities. Know what balance means to you. What are the most important things in your life? If you know your priorities, you can put your time to the best possible use.
  4. Focus on your health. Giving your health a high level of priority can help to balance everything else. If your health is important, you’ll find the time and energy to eat properly and to exercise. You’ll get enough sleep. Placing importance on your health can help prevent the rest of your life from getting out of control.
  5. Plan your time. Have a plan for your week and each day. Know how you’re going to spend your day before the day arrives. That way, you can make the most of your time. The more you can accomplish with your time, the more your life can be in balance.
  6. Focus on the most important tasks. There are a lot of things you could work on each day, but there are only a few that will make a big difference. These tasks usually aren’t the most fun, but they’ll save you the most time. You can’t major in the minor things if you want to be successful and have a balanced life.
  7. Review consistently. Life is dynamic, so even if you’re able to create a balanced life, it won’t stay that way forever. Keep your finger on the pulse of your life. Look for ways to improve. Notice when things are starting to get out of control again.
  8. Have reasonable expectations. There’s only so much you can do. If you’re trying to create a multi-billion-dollar company and train for marathons, you’re not going to have much family time. On the other hand, if you want to spend every minute with your children and spouse, other areas of your life may suffer.

A balanced life is sometimes hard to master. When you’re a young adult with a family, it’s hard to find time for everything. When you’re older and your children have moved out, it can be a challenge to find meaning in your life. Life is always a challenge to balance properly.

You must decide for yourself what it means to have a balanced life and what works for you. It most certainly looks different for everyone. Some people like to work 60 hour weeks and do not feel stressed while others may balance salary for flexibility. What is important is that you are happy with your life across all dimensions of health. Work is simply one dimension. Life covers the other 8!
Some things to consider are:
Do you handle workplace stress or work-related stress well?
Are you able to leave work tasks at work when you are not there or “on the clock”?
Are you able to ask for help at work or do tackle every little thing yourself?
Are the people in your life feeling neglected?
Do you have feelings of “missing out” on the things going on the lives of those you care about?

As for me, I took the advice of the Former FLOTUS and went high–all the way to the top spot of my ‘to do’ list. It says ‘to-don’t’ go to work at all!

Drop me a line about what you do to maintain work-life balance! And, as always, please follow the blog, like, and share!


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