Work-life balance success prerequisite

Don't let your work/life balance get out of wack.

Work-life balance could be something you need to fix

Fix your work-life balance because it is an important key to management effectiveness. When your work life and personal life are out of balance, your stress level is likely to soar. You can use these practical management effectiveness attributes  to restore harmony.  There was a time when the boundaries between work and home were fairly clear. However, today with the increase in mobility, work is likely to invade your personal life and maintaining work-life balance can be a simple, or complex task, depending on your perspective.


Without a good work/life balance, your health and well-being can be at risk.


Work-life balance is about adjusting your day-to-day activities to achieve a sense of balance between work life and personal life. You want the people you live and work with to be able to celebrate their achievements along with yours and not feel like failures. Waiting for good things to happen is a pipe dream. Even if you do reduce the number of projects on your to-do list. The next step is to ensure everyone is setting the right objectives and strategies by taking the right actions in the time available.

When you plan your week, make sure to schedule time with your family and friends along with activities that help you recharge your own batteries. No one likes a tired and cranky person coming home from work every day, build some downtime into your schedule. Take stock of activities that don’t enhance your career or personal life, and minimise the time you spend on them. Drop activities that sap your time or energy. Many people waste their time on activities and people that add no value, who are consistently complaining and have a negative outlook.

Some benefits of a healthy work-life balance include

  • Reduced stress levels, at work and home.
  • The opportunity to participate more fully in family and social life.
  • Better health and well-being leading to better focus and concentration.
  • Higher levels of job satisfaction.
  • More time to pursue personal goals and hobbies.

The ultimate goal of management effectiveness is to strike a balance between life, work, relationships, relaxation and having fun. By doing this you are more able to deal with daily problems and frustrations while meeting the challenges you face head on. Leave work at work. With the technology to connect to anyone at any time from virtually anywhere, there may be no boundary between work and home, unless you create it. Make a conscious decision to separate work time from personal time so you can enjoy both even more.

People don’t know what they don’t know, which is the cause of many of their frustrations. You rarely change things by defending and fighting the existing way you do things. Sometimes you know what you need to do, but don’t know how to do it. Arguably the biggest frustrations occur when the graphs turn downwards and you can’t cope with what needs to be done. Frustrations also occur when you are disappointed and angry which can be unhelpful.

Frustration is a common emotional response to opposition and arises from the perceived resistance to the fulfilment of individual expectations. The greater the obstruction, and the greater the will, the greater the frustration. Things are what they are, without interference from you and it can arouse conflict if you try to change what already exists. Frustrations are often associated with expectations and disappointments with unexpected outcomes,

Achieving more with less

It is better to do less and do it well than to take on too many things and spread yourself too thin. Your objective for successfully achieving your goals should be to ‘manage less to achieve more’. This means only working on what is important and will have the biggest positive impact, and then delegating or outsourcing the rest.

Business managers today are busier than ever and it seems to be getting worse. High standards, coupled with an uncompromising work ethic, demanding customers, technology,  restructuring, future planning, innovation and competition all contribute.

Of course, family obligations and the details of daily life all combine to create the kind of pressure that inhibits management effectiveness. Anyone who suffers a scarcity of time must learn to be more effective in their use of time or risk becoming victims of their own success.

Getting started

Take a lot of time to find a peaceful place for you to just relax, think, reflect and plan for a better work/life balance. It will be worth the time you invest in yourself, your family your business and your aspirations. And while you are at it take time out to think about your employees and the people who support you and how you can excite them to keep helping you.

You only have 168 hours a week to eat, sleep, relax, spend time with family and friends and to manage your business. You have no more time than anyone else, so make the most of it. Nobody wants to have a successful business and die a lonely old person that nobody cares about. Start today, take the afternoon off so you can recharge your batteries and get ready for a better lifestyle.

Quotable quotes

“Women, in particular,need to keep an eye on their physical and mental health, because if we’re scurrying to and from appointments and errands, we don’t have a lot of time to take care of ourselves. We need to do a better job of putting ourselves higher on our own ‘to do’ list.” Michelle Obama

“You will never feel truly satisfied by work until you are satisfied by life”. Heather Schuck


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