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August 9, 2012

Tips to Balance Work/Life Demands

Surveys show that employees struggle with achieving a work-life balance more than just about any other area. Does work have to devour your life, or can you put it in its proper place? Here are three ideas on achieving a work/life balance:

  1. Take time outs. Stop trying to be a superstar. Sometimes we believe that if we stay late, take work home and never take time for lunch, we will be noticed—but maybe for all the wrong reasons. Set priorities and focus on what is most important. Intentionally schedule personal time into your week for family, friends, exercise—anything that gives you a break. We all need some down time.
  2. Get off the grid. Turn off the phone and the computer and go for a walk, run or bike ride. Work will still be there when you get back, but unless you turn off your personal devices, they will continue to speak to you.
  3. Take action. Schedule time for exercise or some physical activity every day. It will send a message to everyone (including yourself) that you are committed to taking care of yourself!
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