It Is Possible to Balance Your Work and Your Personal Life

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According to a recent survey by the Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC), 53% of business executives have not achieved a satisfactory work/life balance. 46% replied that their balance worsened in the past five years.

Perhaps not so surprisingly, 80% of the executive respondents say they would either turn down or seriously consider turning down a promotion that would hurt their work/life balance. We are, in fact, a different generation than our parents who did not even seek balance. Perhaps this is because we learned what it was like to grow up in such unbalanced homes and want more for our children.

In delving into this issue of balance with hundreds of clients and associates, I have found something that may surprise you. The key to creating more balance is not necessarily the demands that are placed on us at work. Rather, it is our lack of planning in our off-work hours.

When asked: "What prevents you from a more structured exercise plan or from taking those classes you desire?" clients more often than not reply on autopilot: "My long hours at work; never being able to keep up with the demands; sheer exhaustion."

Yet in delving deeper, I've learned that with some simple planning and maneuvering of priorities, balance can in fact be attained. Here are some examples of ways my clients have created more balance in their lives:

Flexible Work Hours: Perhaps your work hours are more flexible than you think. Perhaps you can do some of your work at your home office? Until you ask, how do you know? Is it possible to come in late, leave a little early, or extend your lunch hour to include a class, exercise, or time with a friend? All of these activities will bring greater perspective and creativity to ensuing productivity.

Creativity: If your children are asleep when you get home, or you only see your spouse in passing, it's time to create special rituals - something that is mutually beneficial and encourages communication. Have breakfast out once a week, meet for lunch, schedule weekly family or date nights. Involve them in the process.

Make a Master Plan: This can be for your family or for you. For example, how many books do you want to read this year, on what topics, will you buy or rent them? What dream have you put on the back burner year after year? How can you bring that up now, act on it, and what will it take? More help from the kids, from your spouse, hiring help such as a personal assistant, house cleaner, or babysitter?

Break the out-of-balance cycle in which statistics says you are more than likely involved. Look at your needs this week and make adjustments to find more balance in your world. Those at work and play will benefit from being with the new and improved you! Enjoy your discoveries and have a great week.

About the Author:

Ann Golden Eglé, Master Certified Coach and President of Golden Visions Success Coaching can be reached at 541-385-8887 or

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