It is fantastic to know there is always something new to learn to in the work-life balance battle. There are always books, articles, documentaries and news reports on the struggle to balance work and life. These stories always amaze me because they are usually so drastically dismal or ridiculously optimistic. The reality is that it is hard to balance work and life, but it can be done. Like most things worth having, finding a balance between work and life is hard but well worth the effort. Most people work because they have to work in order to provide a living for themselves and their families. At the same time, people want to live lives that are fulfilling, satisfying and enjoyable.
The truth is work and life can be balanced. It is a matter of give and take, trades, giving more to one side and less to the other side. Work-life balance means sometimes you get it right and sometimes you mess it all up. It means realizing that whether you succeed or fail on any given day, doesn’t matter. You are in a long distance marathon, not a short sprint. When balancing work and life, don’t be upset at the failures along the way. Instead, learn as many tricks as possible and keep moving forward.
Life is all about learning new things to do and new ways to do old things. One of the greatest things in the world is to learn something new. There is a certain joy, pleasure, and thrill that learning gives us. It is important to remember that it is possible to learn something new every day if you try. Contrary to the popular saying, old dogs can learn new tricks! Do not wait for the lessons to come to you, instead go and actively seek out new ways to balance work and life. For example, if you have a friend or co-worker who looks like she is making it work, give her a compliment and ask her how she is getting it done. Go to the local library and check out new books and magazines for new ideas on getting things to run more smoothly at home and work.
An important thing to remember about learning new ways to balance work and life is that not every method works for every person. This means that if you learn a new way to make it all better that does not work for you, stop using that method and go find another. Keep in mind that when you want to win, if the first thing you try doesn’t work, try something else. You can find a way to make your work and life balance and exist harmoniously. It may take time or trial and error, but you can do it!
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In conclusion, it is fantastic to know there is always something new to learn to in the work-life balance battle. So, the question for you this fantastic day is, what would you like to learn about balancing work and life?
37 thoughts on “Work Life Balance – Learn New Tricks”
I totally suck at my work/life balance
Life is full of lessons and I think even the difficult parts are as well. But you’re absolutely right, no matter how difficult thing get we just have to keep going.
who really gets thing correct every try. lord knows i don’t. we have to remember that, but it’s hard.
I feel as if just when I find a system that works, I need to change it again. Life is like living on a tightrope. (And that’s okay with me.)
This is such a good post – I remember those days when there was never enough time.
You are right. When I stick with my calendar I get home and work done pretty well. When I ignore the calendar I get into trouble.
It feels like work is always taking over for me because I need the money.
Jaime you are funny! My best girl friends told me once to go and enjoy life with my husband because chores and housework are faithful and will wait for you to come back.
You said a lot with that phrase, we do all have the same amount of time. What separates those who succeed and those who fail is how that time is managed.
Yes, time management is a crucial task that we all must find a way to master.
It is so hard to find that balance, especially when you work at home. But you’re right — you just have to keep trying!
Finding that balance…Something I’m forever trying to do!
This balance is something I struggle for constantly as a WAHM. I’m starting to wonder if it’s not really a balance, just a careful juggling act!
Well I needed to hear this today! My work life balance is a mess! Time to reevaluate.
I’m ok with balance because my kids are grown and flown, so there’s really nothing to balance. However, I do need to stretch my wings and learn more things!
I am a WAHM and I volunteer a lot. Combine those two with blogging and homeschooling and you have a recipe for disaster. This year I’ve learned when to say no. I’ve also paid more attention to how the kids respond when I actively volunteer in their activities, because sometimes it results in way too much work for me, and less time with them.
Great post! As a self employed person, I know first hand how difficult it can be to balance the work I need to do to be successful with the time I want to spend with my family.
I love opening quote. I never would have made it where I am today in my work at home career if I did not keep trying after failing. It was very well worth it in the end.
Balance is so hard when you work in an area like social media that never closes. Then again, all of life is a balance, isn’t it?
Work-Life balance can definitely be a challenge but you can definitely do it. I am a single mom with a special needs child. I work outside the home but I also work part time from home. I have had to learn to give and take. I had to give up control in various areas (I am very type-A, Left Brained) and learned to just let the dishes go for a night. Let the laundry go one weekend. It can wait. Life can’t. My daughter needs me more than she needs me to do a load of socks.
This article came at such a wonderful time for me LOL! I have been struggling with balancing life and work, I feel like work is taking over! This tips are great, thanks for the advice!
Work life balance is definitely a learning experience! I’m still struggling and I’m almost 40!
Life is a balance but It is so much harder to work at home when you have all the ” home stuff ” staring you in the face! I struggle with that some days… Oi!
Oh yes, that is an everyday challenge for me! It’s all about balance too!
Working from home it’s such a struggle to find a work life balance! Thanks for the encouragement.
I work from home but I know work and life can be balanced and need to get on this! I was doing well with separating the two but this time of year can be a busy one so sometimes work and home life overlap.
still trying to figure out this work balance and working from my laptop I tend to run off while kids are home. need to set hours.
It is definitely a balancing act juggling home and work! I’m constantly tweeking what we do!
I am trying to learn how to balance family life and blogging! I just dont have the time I need for both!
I am always ready for new things to learn balance. Sometimes it is hard to balance.
Balance is so important! I find that it makes a huge difference to have set work times. Otherwise it is so easy to let little pieces of work creep in all day long until they take over the whole day.
Finding balance definitely is not easy. Everyone has to find their own way I think.
Time is the great equalizer – we all have the same amount of it. That makes management of it that much more important.
To those who have their own families, working and tending with families needs isn’t easy. Time management is always helpful.
I remember when I use to work it was really hard to balance everything. The job, the kids, the shopping. It can be a very stressful time. Like you said you just got to keep trying.
It is SO HARD when you work at home. I have trouble keeping things straight so I had to make a rule – only work in the work area and only live in the rest of the house. If you have soem good tips for making it work please share!
Oh man this is such a timely article. Since I work at home the line is blurred frequently in that department. Thanks so much for the tips.
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