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Finding some type of balance is key for the sake of your family, but more importantly for yourself, but that is definitely easier said than done…or is it?
You may not even physically sit down and work, it might be that your mind is focused on work and you struggle to switch off, engage with your family and be present (this is just as impactful as physically working) There tend to be 2 key places where the pressure to work into the evening comes from.
Many business leaders or bosses find themselves expecting the same from employees as they’re personally willing to put in. This is an unrealistic ask and not the most effective example of good leadership. But, we can’t actually fully blame them for this, unless we set expectations or manage realistic deadlines, they may not even know you’re finding that work is impacting your home life. We need to begin by gently managing these expectations. For example: when asked to complete a task very late on in the day, let them know that you’re more than happy to take on the task but you’ll have it back to them by lunchtime the following day, instead of getting the task completed that night. This will go some way to help to manage their expectations.
What I personally find very interesting is the pressure we CHOOSE to put on ourselves to work all hours under the sun (and moon). Either we have a deep belief that working long hard hours is what you need to do (this is usually a belief instilled from our parents/guardians behaviours), or we’ve fallen into a habit of comparing how ‘hard’ others work and we work harder to keep up. Firstly, working longer hours is not at all smart. In fact, there’s been a lot of research into the inefficient impact this has on our mind-set, motivation and effectiveness.
Gaining the right balance between work and home can only be achieved by you, don’t rely on anyone else to sort it out for you. Take control of your happiness and destiny.