Work Life Balance

Work Life Balance – Fact or Fiction?

The “Rule of Four”….ever heard about it?  Keep reading and you’ll learn about it soon because it addresses that age old challenge…the balance between work and life.  Is it possible?  Is there any such thing?  If you are finding it more challenging than ever to juggle the demands of your job and the rest of your life, you are not alone.

You are more than likely trying to meet the needs of everyone at home while keeping everyone happy at work as well.  Maintaining a healthy balance between work and life can take a lot of energy and it can be very hard to keep work from creeping into your personal time.

According to Chelsea Fagan, author of The Financial Diet, try using the “Rule of Four” to focus on what is really important to you.  She says “For me, I have created the “Rule of Four” to make sure I am constantly diversified and balanced in this regard, and always ready to say “no”.… if it means throwing off the equilibrium.  The “Rule of Four” is simple – I must always have four concrete, tangible things in my life that make me feel happy, that make me feel like myself, that I devote time and energy to.”  So for example, you might choose work, family, meditation and a hobby as your “four” things you are passionate about.  You don’t have to limit yourself to four things, just stick to the idea that by limiting the number of things you commit your time and energy to, you end up with more things that you enjoy deeply.

WebMD suggests the following ways to bring a little more balance to your life:

*Build downtime into your schedule:  Make it a point to schedule time with your friends and family and activities that help you recharge.

*Drop activities that sap your time or energy: Take stock of activities that don’t enhance your career or personal life (office gossip, too much time on social media, etc.) and minimize the time you spend on them.

*Rethink your errands: Get creative with your time-consuming household chores/errands.  Can you order your groceries online and have them delivered?  Can you hire a kid to mow your lawn? How about ordering your stamps on line instead of having to go to the post office?

*Get moving: It’s hard to make time for exercise when your schedule is packed but think outside the box.  Try walking around the school parking lot instead of sitting in your car for 20 minutes before the carline starts moving.  Research shows that exercise can make us more alert and productive so get moving!

*Start with small changes:  Don’t feel like you have to make big changes to bring more balance to your life.  Set realistic goals and slowly build more activities into your life that are important to you.

*Talk about it: Others around you are trying to figure out balance as well.  Share your ideas!