Balancing Work and Family Life
The struggle between work and family life is one of the most common foundations of stress for working adults. In this production-driven society that we are living in, more and more people are finding it hard to sufficiently fulfil their roles both at home and at the workplace. Often, employees are unable to find a point of balance between their careers and their families, as there is always one that is given more priority than the other. This conduct has been associated with several dysfunctional outcomes — strained familial relationships, inefficiency at work, and poor physical and mental health.
It is very important that we can find a balance between our work and our family life which can be a very scary task. I myself have struggled to balance my career and personal life for a time, but eventually, I was able to find somewhat success. I made the choice to find stability.
Achieving work-family life stability is a long and often unnerving process. If you do not make the decision to achieve stability, it is likely that you will fail along the way. Through my experience that it is very important to try to provide yourself with a chance for stability. For example, find yourself a job that is stimulating but not overwhelming; also, cautiously think about how big of a family you can responsibly raise. By making wise decisions on the most important matters in your life, reaching stability won’t be a difficult thing.
I started to involve people I trusted
At one point, I thought I was the only one who could solve my work versus family life conundrum. With this type of thinking there is no way for me to get things correct if I only relied on what I “think” I know. I made a decision to talk regularly with my wife and even my young children about thoughts about work. This was an eye-opening experience to so many other things I was not aware of. This allowed me to deal and improve on issues better than I have ever before. From that day forward, the family understood my commitments and accountabilities at work. This allowed more understanding on their part.
I created limits and boundaries
Creating boundaries and limits is very important for the protection between your work and family. You have to determine which actions are acceptable and unacceptable. This line will protect your work from the interference of family, as well as protect your family time from the obligations at work. A clear line makes it easier for you to tell when your acts are not in favor of each other.
I understood unevenness is sometimes inescapable
When I struggled to find the perfect balance between work and family, I realized there will always be times that I will have to let one or the other take priority. It’s impossible to balance everything perfectly in your life. For example, when one family member is ill, you may need to skip a work event; or when a deadline must be met, you might need to miss dinner at home and stay at the office late. This is why the dilemma of balancing family life is no easy solution.
In the end, I found out I cannot find a one-size-fits-all approach. Everyone has to find their own specific solution to the problems that lie ahead. This all depends on their specific own preferences and needs. But essentially, a balance between work and family occurs when a person can adequately meet family obligations and adequately perform their duties at work. Working hard to gain the better things in life are fine, but making sure you do not forget the cost of the people who matter is priceless.