Gender and Finding a Work/Life Balance

Finding a balance between a personal and professional life is a challenge for everyone but this is especially true for women in the workplace. Women who have families at home but are passionate about their careers are often torn between the two and generally feel guilty no matter how they balance their lives. Below are tips and tricks from real working women who have to balance the work/life scale each and every day.

Plan ALL Your Time

Most women just insert their work-related events and commitments into their regular weekly schedule. Instead, make a point to plan downtime for yourself and schedule leisure time with family and friends into your regular work week to ensure that you are finding a reasonable balance between the two.

Build a Network

It is hard for many women to ask for help, but creating a network of family and friends who can help watch a sick child one day or transport a child to a sporting event that you have to miss can make a huge difference. Remember that children can be in your network, too, and ask them to do chores to help out.

Learn to Say No

Another common problem when it comes to balancing work and personal life is learning to say no when asked to do something. It is important to learn what has to be done and what you can skip both personally and professionally. Even more importantly, let go of the guilt when you have to say no.

Manage Your Time

Time management skills are essential for having a healthy balance between work and personal life. For instance, if you have to run errands, plan ahead and do them all at once or potentially take your children along and make it a fun experience. When it comes to work, try not to take too much home with you.

Stay Healthy

Overall health and wellness is extremely important. Eat a balanced diet, exercise, get plenty of sleep, and you will be surprised at how much easier it is to juggle the many different components of your life.

It is important for women to understand that they will not be able to please everyone all the time. It is equally as important to find a healthy balance between work commitments and a fulfilling personal life but that is not to say that it is easy. The aforementioned tips are a starting off point to help guide women towards a more harmonious and balanced life.