It is a fact of life that most people have to work to sustain a means of living and their lifestyles.
Some people's problem is finding a balance between their work lives and family lives.
Most people spend most of their waking hours at their jobs, leaving very little time to spend with their families. Even dinner time with the family gathered around the table becomes a conversation time about their day at work. There are times that this is a healthy dinner conversation, but the children aren’t interested in hearing about your day slaving for a paycheck. Especially if you have had a bad day on your job, the tone of the conversation can give dinner time a hostile atmosphere, taking away from the precious time you have to spend with the family.
You have to remember to leave work at work and focus on your home. Even if you live alone, your workday should not intrude on your off-work hours. Once you go to your job for the day, you should be focusing on yourself and your family, not the pile of paperwork that is still left on your desk at the end of the day or the production numbers that didn’t get reached for the day. You have to train your mind to “change gears” to enjoy life outside your work hours.
If there is something vital that you have to remember for your next day of work, write it down and put it where you will be sure to grab it on your way to work. Then forget it until it’s time to use it. You can go back to it later. Stay in the time that you have away from your work.
Packed schedules for both work and family can be stressful, but you have to be able to find that fine line between the two. Life is not a juggling act. It is a daily opportunity to enjoy what and whom you have.