One of the most common questions we get here at Spectrum Strategies is, “How can I better balance my work and personal life?” And it’s no surprise, seeing as how work and family are both more demanding than ever before. When your office and family are both calling, who do you pick up for? With a little help from us, we can make it so that, that question isn’t difficult to answer.

Work while at work.

Though it may sound silly, we find that many people spend a lot of time focusing on family matters at work. Instead of shopping or making personal calls while at work, try to buckle down and get your work done so that you can leave on time.

Relax when you’re at home.

Technology is a blessing and a curse. The American workday doesn’t end for many people at 5 p.m. like it used to. Thanks to our cell phones, many of us bring our work home. Most people find that shutting off their phone or turning off email notifications once they get home helps them to unwind.

Know that you can say no.

The next time someone asks you to do something, think about this: Every time you say “yes” to something, you say “no” to something else. If you agree to work late one night, know that you’re saying “no” to spending time with your family or partaking in a hobby you enjoy. While there will always be times you’ll have to agree to something, know that you don’t have to always say “yes.”

Make time for yourself.

Most people think that if they don’t have a free hour or two, they can’t take time for themselves. Really, 10 – 20 minutes is all you need to feel the effects of taking personal time. The first step is to rethink “me time.” While you may not be able to get out on the golf course today, you can put on a song you haven’t heard in years and listen to it on your drive home.

Rethink your priorities at home.

Instead of seeing unmade beds or a few dishes in the sink as a failure, think of it proof that you’re enjoying your life. While we certainly never want things to get too out of hand, know that there’s nothing wrong with having a less-than-spotless house.

If you’re looking to find your path on the way to success in either your personal or professional life (or both!) call Debra Solomon of Spectrum Strategies at (516) 510 – 7637!