Maintaining Work-Life Balance During Festive Season

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Pay attention to what you feel like after you complete certain tasks. Do you feel motivated and accomplished? Or drained and stressed? If your work aligns with the former, chances are you strike more balance. Recognizing the latter can bring you to some revelations that can put you back on track.


Hustling and bustling are a daily routine as people seek greener pastures and daily bread. At times, we all may feel like we are working nonstop, stressed, and not finding time for our personal lives. However, if this is a consistent feeling, your work-life balance may need some help so you feel more fulfilled.

With the festive season going on and also being the time when companies are shutting down for the year, maintaining a work-life balance is crucial at this point in further preserving that strength and energy in 2022.

However, here are five tips to bring your work and life back into balance.

Find time to do what makes you happy

If you’re doing what you love for work it makes you happy, but you likely enjoy other things too. Whether it’s spending time with family and friends, taking time for yourself, exercising, traveling, reading, or any number of things, whatever it is that makes you happy is something you need to prioritize in your life.

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It is important to set limits in your life and with your time. When you set limits, you become more productive and mindful. For example, if you know Sundays are your family days, you are more inclined to get your other tasks (both work and personal) completed on the other days.

Manage Your Time Well

Being diligent and organized reduces stress because you are taking ownership of your time and the tasks that you need to accomplish. This is true for your work and personal life. Adopt a master to-do list that combines both work and personal tasks.

It’s hard to separate work and other tasks when it comes to your time. If you work from one master to-do list and prioritize all tasks based on your deadlines, you will have a better grasp of where you need to spend your time on any given day.

Set Weekly Goals

Goals shouldn’t just live in business plans; they can be a part of your work and personal life. If you set goals for yourself big and small and incorporate them into your schedule you will have a greater likelihood of achieving them and feeling accomplished. Always have a target and incorporate your goals into whatever tool you use to plan your time.

Technology can assist you with this exercise. Using digital calendars and other task management and productivity tools can keep track of where you spend your time, help you manage tasks, and track and adjust your weekly goals.

Find Your Purpose

If you are doing what you are meant to do it doesn’t feel like work. Think about your strengths and what you love to do. When you focus on work that optimizes these things, it just flows naturally into something that you enjoy, not something that stresses you out.

When you are harnessing your strengths, you feel energized, happy, and positive.

Pay attention to what you feel like after you complete certain tasks. Do you feel motivated and accomplished? Or drained and stressed? If your work aligns with the former, chances are you strike more balance. Recognizing the latter can bring you to some revelations that can put you back on track.

Be Gentle with Yourself and Others

Remember, the keyword was talking about balance. To have balance, you must be flexible. If you’re finding that your work-life balance is out of kilter, take a moment to be gentle with yourself.

Take a deep breath and focus on solutions to bring it back into harmony. Focus on making immediate goals that will help you achieve that balance. Maybe they even include implementing some of the tips above.

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If you don’t meet your goal for a week, recognize that you tried hard and celebrate that. The key is to focus on what you are accomplishing, and less on what you are not.

Implementing strategies to manage your time and life can bring a balance that makes you feel happy, accomplished, and fulfilled in each of your roles both at work and personally.

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