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Assessing Your Work/Life Balance

For most people, a healthy work/life balance means getting an acceptable share of time between their needs and those of others around them, whether in the workplace or in your private life. Many people experience firsthand how spending too much time at work can negatively impact their personal life.

Conversely, being pulled by too many demands from home can make it hard to concentrate on work. Whether there’s too much focus on work, or too little, when your work life and your personal life feel out of balance, the result is stress.

Whatever your individual needs may be, when you achieve a healthy work/life balance, you’ll gain certain benefits:

  • you’ll feel more in control of your life, and
  • you’ll be able to get the most out of every aspect of your life.

Analysis of your work/life balance

Having a healthy work/life balance is important, and the balance that’s right for you won’t necessarily be right for your coworker. And it may not be right for you next year either. Anyone can create a different idea of what the perfect work/life balance should be. But it will inevitably be a dynamic concept, since it has to change many times throughout life, as the circumstances of life and work change.

Many people want to achieve a healthy work/life balance, but they don’t know where to start. The first thing you should do is assess your current state of balance. Take a look at the whole range of activities that currently fill your life. Once you know where you are, construct a map to take you to your objective of a balanced, fulfilled life.

To analyze your personal work/life balance, you have to be able to recognize what being in and out of balance is like for you. When you understand what triggers each of those states, you can move on to find solutions that allow you to keep your center of control.