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How to Have an Effective Work–Family Balance

Work and family are integral to our everyday lives. Attempting to balance complex roles of the family and work can be stressful and strenuous. The attempt to balance work and family responsibilities can interfere with each other, causing a spillover of sorts.

The spillover usually happens when your responsibilities in a certain aspect of your life begin to affect another area. Finding the right balance between your work and home lives can be a challenge. However, it is essential to do it to derive the resulting benefits. Here, we offer you some tips to help you in your attempt to balance work and family without unwanted stress.

[su_quote class=”cust-pagination”]“A ‘good job’ can be both practically attractive while still not good enough to devote your entire life to.” —  Alain de Botton [/su_quote]

Understand Your Values

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Firstly, you should decide your values and those of your family. A value can be considered as a principal or quality that you either desire or feel is worthwhile. Your values will be helpful in guiding your life and structuring it. Some of the key areas we often value strongly include our housework, house maintenance, child care, relationships between spouses and parents, education, money, politics, and religion. Specifying these values is key to managing your work and demands of the family. They can give you information about the important parts of your life that matter. Most often, these values are never questioned unless we are confronted with a problem.


Think Carefully And Deeply

Even as most of us have a good sense of our values, the understanding is often vague, and the values remain in the background. The values we consider highly but are not completely aware of often contribute to stress in our lives. However, the stress can be understood and managed if we make an effort to fall in tune with our values.

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Consider Values that are Conflicting With Each Other

You could have a belief that you should always reach your workplace early but at the same time also hold a value that your place would be entirely clean before you leave for work. Is it possible to rectify these conflicting values? These are stressful conflicts and can leave you feeling tired and unsatisfied. As such, you need to examine them and reflect upon our thoughts. It would be easier for you to modify or prioritize the values to eliminate any conflicts that may arise. If being at work early is your priority, you need to make a compromise with the cleanliness of your place. You should make a decision about the importance of a particular role before moving ahead.

Set Goals and Objectives


If you want to understand how to use your time effectively, you should set goals or objectives. Goals and objectives can give you a set direction for your life. You may want to have a business of your own before you turn 40, or may have decided to complete your graduation before settling down to start a family. These values can give you the impetus you need to achieve these goals.

Be Prepared To Compromise on Your Goals if Required

It is common for people to feel stressed when they are unable to achieve the goals they have set. It is also possible for you to set goals that are difficult to achieve, at least in your individual capacity. Believing that these are failures will not help you, but will only increase the stress levels. You must be willing to compromise on your goals if for any reason you are unable to achieve them. It will keep the stress away and help you in balancing work and family effectively.

[su_quote class=”cust-pagination”]“Those who feel satisfied with their personal lives are more satisfied with their careers and perform better.”  — Michael Hyatt[/su_quote]

As mentioned earlier, balancing work and family effectively can be a challenge unless one is willing to take a closer look at their values in order to bring a semblance of calm and serenity to their lives.

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