Guest post by Theresa Regner, associate attorney at DuBoff & Associates, Chartered
One of the biggest challenges faced by any entrepreneur is the pursuit of balance. Building a career requires a consistent effort that often makes you feel as though you don’t have room for anything else. At the same time, however, you cannot truly give one hundred percent at work if your home life isn’t stable. Below are some tips you can use to find the right balance between work and home life so that you can be successful in both of these arenas.
1. Create a clear distinction between home and work.
Sometimes, unavoidable situations force you to bring work home or vice versa. However, for the most part, you should keep these two parts of your life separate. When you are at work, don’t focus on tasks that need to be completed at home. When your workday ends, use your time off to unplug, unwind and focus on your family.
2. Stay physically active.
Taking time to focus on your health is essential for both your home life and your work life. Maintain a regular exercise regimen to stay healthy and fit. If you have a full schedule and you don’t want to take time from your family to work out, consider finding a physical activity that you can all enjoy together.
Ask yourself what is most important in your life and put these things first. For example, if you are free on Saturday night and you want to spend time with your children, don’t be afraid to say “no” when a business associate asks you to join her for dinner.
4. Don’t take on responsibilities that aren’t yours.
As a successful businesswoman, you may feel like you can handle anything. However, when situations outside of your area of expertise arise, don’t be afraid to get help. For example, if you are dealing with a medical concern, don’t try to self-diagnose. Go to the doctor for the answers you need.
5. Don’t be afraid of change.
It’s easy to fall into a rut, both at work and at home. If you don’t feel like you are as satisfied or productive as you could be in either of these areas of your life, analyze your routine carefully and ask yourself what you can change. Discuss your intended changes with coworkers and/or family members and ask for their support.
Theresa Regner is an associate attorney at DuBoff & Associates, Chartered in Silver Spring. She focuses her talents and efforts providing compassionate legal aid to clients who have been injured, while spending her spare time helping a number of local charities.