Prioritize Family Time Without Falling Behind at Work: Tips

Prioritize Family Time Without Falling Behind at Work: Tips

New Delhi: Everyone is asking the question "How to balance personal and professional life" ? But there is no specific answer to that question.
The developement of technology is complicating it further as we’re available around the clock to employers, coworkers and clients, and we constantly feel pressure to be high-performing at the office and in our homes.

As experts say the ability to excel at work while connecting with loved ones at home aren’t mutually exclusive choices.
Here are six ways to make it happen.

 

Prioritize Family Time Without Falling Behind at Work: Tips

1. Screen-Free Time at Home
A licensed professional counselor and mom of four young children, Jaime Malone said, “Technology has made it easy for the boundaries between work and home to blur or even disappear.”
“As norms regarding accessibility and speed of response have changed, many professionals feel responsibility to take work home with them in ways previous generations didn’t experience." She said.
"This reality means new strategies are needed to find healthy ways of managing multiple roles and expectations successfully, particularly when they seem at odds with each other.”
So avoid Screen as much as possible. This is easier said than done, of course, because the habit of “checking” our screens is so difficult to change.

 

Prioritize Family Time Without Falling Behind at Work: Tips

 2. Safeguard Family Time
 A career coach and business owner in Colorado, Emily Marquis, said she had to turn off or hide her phone and computer in order to focus on her two small children. It is not because she doesn’t want to spend time with them, but because it tempts her.
Spend time with family and not electronic device. 
Owner and coach at Stellar Life Coaching, Kendra Davies says, “This is hard because our kids are conditioned, as we are, to turn to a screen the moment they get bored or feel uncomfortable," she said. "It doesn’t have to be for the whole weekend or evening, but set aside tech-free time to speak to each other and have experiences which bring authentic connections and meaning.”

                                           

 

Prioritize Family Time Without Falling Behind at Work: Tips

3. Test Your Intentions and Feelings 
Test yourself by asking this question, "If I put down my phone/laptop, or walk away from my office or desk, I would have to (blank), and I don’t want to do that because (blank)."
"Some clients have said, ‘I would have to face the fact that I am alone,' or 'I would have to notice how much my kids have grown and I somehow missed it,' or 'I would have to deal with my weight issues,' or 'I would have to sit with my racing thoughts and feelings of discomfort' ... and 'I don’t want to do that because it is hard, or I don’t feel like I know how or where to start.’" Davis answered.
She said, "For some of us, work is a way of numbing out, and having a somewhat ‘legit’ reason to not live fully," she said. "But balance requires a willingness to live as much as a willingness to work.”

Prioritize Family Time Without Falling Behind at Work: Tips

4. Keep Work at Work, Be Home at Home
Heidi McBain, marriage and family therapist encourages people to differentiate between work and home, and factor in time to switch between the two. She said to completely disconnect from technology once you get home.
"If you have paperwork you need to finish, it can be helpful to give yourself a certain amount of time," she said, "and then set a timer and completely focus on the task in front of you.”

Prioritize Family Time Without Falling Behind at Work: Tips

5. Set Priorities
Structure time to focus on family but stay on top of work, like waking up before everyone else and doing emails from 6 to 8 a.m., or diving back into obligations after kids go to bed from 9 to 10:30 p.m.
When we are at home, we are simply not at work, it takes a lot of time to get to this point. So set your priorities straight and follow it.

                                             


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