Establishing an effective work/life balance is one of the most important keys to having a healthy and productive life. An inability to establish and maintain a healthy balance can lead to significant emotional and physical distress. One of the biggest barriers to creating this balance is that most people don’t know how to make the transition from work to home. However, with a little effort, planning and practice, this transition can become smooth and seamless. The following are some tips you can try to facilitate this transition:
*Improve time management and assertiveness skills
*Enhance relationships w/ co-workers and managers to improve teamwork. This will allow you to be more effective and efficient while at work.
*If possible, devote the final minutes of your day to less pressured tasks.
*Empty your mind of unfinished business by “putting pen to paper”. Then place what you have written in one of two places; a folder labeled “For Tomorrow” or the trash can.
*Embrace the commute home. Use the alone time to de-stress.
*When at home focus your attention on family and issues you enjoy.
*Pre-arrange w/ your family some “me time”.
Healthy work/life balance is not easy and requires practice. We at PTC have counselors that can provide you with further coaching and counseling to help manage the demands of work and home more effectively.