How to Best Balance Work and Family


| 6/2/2015 6:00:00 AM


The world people live in today entails an avalanche of to-do list items that are demanding to be ticked off. Amid these urgent tasks you may have a family with whom you want to spend time, as well as a job that provides for you and your loved ones. Finding a work-life balance is important for attaining happiness, personally and professionally. It can seem like a tough act to pull off, but learning how to balance work and family life is not impossible. Follow these tips for the best results. 

Family Priorities
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Know Your Priorities and Stick To Them

No one can have it all, but that doesn’t mean you can’t set priorities for the work-family life that you want to achieve. When the Philippine Star asked busy mothers who juggle work and family what their secret was, sticking to one’s priorities emerged as one of the top-credited secrets.

Make a mental list of what matters to you, and bring out this list whenever you are confronted with decisions. It may be hard at first, especially if you’re wired or pressured to excel in both, but it will get easier over time. It will also ensure that you stop, or at least spend less time on, the trivial things and focus on what’s most important.

Use Your Work Schedule to Your Advantage

For example, most call center employees follow Western time zones. This can result in night shifts, clocking out in the morning when the rest of the country is just starting their day. Make the best out of such a situation by using low-peak hours to complete errands such as grocery shopping, paying the bills, and so on. You could also avoid the traffic to and from the office by commuting when the streets and vehicles and not that jam-packed, and you might even want to take a power nap in the sleeping quarters if you arrive early at work.




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