On Balancing Career and Family Life

We all want to have a balanced career and personal life. However, it’s not always possible especially if you have a lot of things on your plate. As a professional property developer for years, I have had many challenges when it comes to this matter. It’s not easy because while I do believe that family should always come first, I deeply care about my career too. I had to make sure my plans are carried out perfectly. My full-time job would require my presence a lot because I had to be physically there to see what needs to be done and to make sure that things are executed correctly. So, to be able to balance my personal life I have realized that it’s about prioritizing.

Here are some of the things I learned that really worked for me.

Don’t Waste Time

I know, easier said than done, but hear me out. Sometimes, as professionals, especially if it’s a start-up and we want to save money, we tend to try to be all things. Thinking that we can pull it off, we do tasks we’re not really good at. Instead of trying to be someone you’re not particularly a whiz at, try to ask help from other people. Outsource any service that is not your strength otherwise you are just going to waste so much time. Before you know it, you are spending hours upon hours building or creating something that an experienced one could have finished in less than an hour or so. I am not saying that it’s wrong to learn something new but if you really want to spend more time with your family, focus on what you do best and leave the rest to others.

Plot Your Schedule

If you can’t do it yourself, have someone to do it for you. This way, you would be able to set aside time for you and your family. If your schedule is not organized, there’s a good chance that you’ll bury yourself with work or even forget what you’re supposed to do. It’s also helpful if you know which time of the day you function better. If you are a morning person, set the tasks that are more demanding or require more mental activity so you’d perform better. This way, you’ll avoid cramming and go home on time. Well plotted schedules also allow for you to build a daily routine.

Make Room for Family Time

It is easy to drift apart from the people that matter to you if you just drown in your work. After plotting your schedule and figuring out your daily routine, it should be easier for you to spend time with your family. If things are all over the place, making time for your family is going to be a challenge. Make sure that you do something together with your family. It shouldn’t always be something special, but just spending quality time with them is key. If you have little kids, bedtime is important. It makes them feel like you are physically available and this memory will always remain with them.

Find Time for Yourself

It’s important that you also look out for yourself and do the things that will help you relax. More than the physical health, your mental health is what really matters. This isn’t something you should just consider; it should be a priority. Your job is important but if you are not mentally healthy, there’s no way you would function and perform the way you’re supposed to. Be sure to take care of yourself because it’s going to make a huge difference.

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