I am the type of employee who will do whatever it takes to get the job done, even if that means sacrificing time with my family. The fact is kids grow up, parents get older, and opportunities to hang out with family and friends may pass you by. It’s a challenge to manage both work and a social life, but it can be done.
I found this article from Focus on the Family to be very enlightening. Simple tips to keep work and family time in check such as:
Work smarter. What’s your body clock? Are you a morning person? Or do you do your best work at night?
Skip going out to lunch. Yes, it’s nice to be served a prepared meal, but by the time you’re seated, given a menu, order an entree, wait for the food to arrive, eat, ask for the check, make the payment — say sayonara to a huge chunk of time. And that doesn’t include the minutes lost driving or walking to the restaurant.
Think through any promotion. Does it mean more hours? Will it lead to more travel?
Reserve the weekends for the family. If you let work — the Monday-through-Friday variety — encroach on your weekends, you’re headed for misery.
But to each his own. Whatever works for you!
Here’s a goal I can appreciate … from worklifebalance.com: “I just want to achieve something today and I want to enjoy something today. And if I do both of those things today, I’m going to have a pretty good day. And if I do both of those things every day, for the rest of my life… I’m going to have a pretty good life.” Words to live by.
Other good articles: