The words "work-life balance" are used frequently. It is my belief that there is no such thing. If one thinks this way it probably is stressing them out tremendously. If you work on the weekends, then you may feel like you are not being true to yourself, family and friends. If you are taking time away from work during the day to something personal then you feel that you are not being a good employee. That is enough to drive anyone over the edge.
My advice is to allow yourself to believe that there is no such thing as a work-life balance. The reason is this creates two enemies fighting each other for time and so the tension comes in to play.
Work is a part of life. Just as taking care of our personal time of being with family, friends and doing what we enjoy for ourselves (self-care). So in reality we are simply trying to express our whole being. This can't be done on a balance beam.
So what do we do? First, get it out of our heads that accomplishing a life balance can't be done in one day or even a week. There are ways that we must try to express the different parts of who we are throughout each day.
Working on strategies to plug into our life balance is the answer and it is doable. Making your job your friend. It does not define you. Setting priorities realistically on what you want them to be, not what you think they should be. Identify the top 3 - 5 priorities in your life. Managing your time the smart way. Learning how to say no with a smile on your face. When you stop doing things out of guilt, you will be surprised to find more time to focus on the activities that bring you true joy.
Sticking to your priorities and setting up your schedule will help to ensure that your work does not interfere with your personal life. It is important to find your life balance because after all, working is getting you enough money in order to enjoy your life. There really is an answer:
IT IS CALLED LIFE BALANCE!
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