TIP 1: Learn from the Cleavers
Put family first when you’re home. Leave work at a decent time, and leave THE work at the office. Make quality-time dates with your family or significant other after dinner to distract you from your to-do list. The work will always be there in the morning. Savor your at-home time while you can. This goes for your kids, too! Make dinnertime phone-free and take time to reconnect.
TIP 2: Act like a 2-year old
That is, learn the value of saying “no.” (Except, unlike a 2-year-old, you don’t need to repeat the word over and over.) Next time you’re invited to something, weigh the benefits and costs before saying yes. If the event or project will have a positive impact on your personal life, productivity, career, and networking without disrupting your non-work schedule, go for it. If your personal life will suffer because of it, opt out.
TIP 3: “It’s not you, it’s me…”
Break up with activities that sap your time or energy. Take stock of things that aren’t really enhancing your career or personal life and minimize the time you spend on them.
You may even be able to leave work earlier if you make a conscious effort to limit the time you spend on the web and social media sites, making personal calls, or checking your bank balance.
TIP 4: Build your team
Rethink your errands and consider whether you can outsource any of these time-consuming chores. Even if you’re on a tight budget, you may discover that the time you’ll save will make it worth it. Plus, there are plenty of kids who are trying to earn money. Help them help you!
– Order your groceries online and have them delivered
– Hire a kid down the street to rake your yard
– Have your dry cleaning picked up and dropped off at your home or office
– Order your stamps online, saving a trip to the post office
While focusing on your balance during the holiday season, don’t forget to reward yourself. Take a half day to catch a movie, read, or enjoy a cozy afternoon by the fire.
– Janice Pollard and Jackie Trepanier