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Prioritizing Your Personal Values To Find Balance At Home And Work

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It might sound counterintuitive, but I believe prioritizing personal relationships over business could actually benefit your career in the long run.
From my perspective as a business leader, putting one’s family and friends first and curating a healthy work-life balance can demonstrate a level of trustworthiness that is necessary for you to thrive. It also validates dependability, a character trait that is required for effective leadership.
Beyond how you are perceived for prioritizing your personal life, there’s a case to be made that it will also have an impact on overall well-being. Having a strong social network of family and friends is an important factor for better mental and physical health. Spending quality time with your support network has the power to boost happiness and lower stress levels, which can effectively give you more stamina for the job.
But making time for your personal life is difficult for many workers. With only 24 hours in a day, we’re forced to decide which activities we give our time to. Nir Eyal, author of Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life, suggests that we must recognize the difference between “values-aligned” work or leisure, and the distractions that keep us from them. He contends that we all need to learn to be less distracted by the activities that don’t help us achieve what we want to each day, such as scheduling futile meetings or focusing on non-urgent emails.
So despite busy work or travel schedules, the objective is to avoid low-value distractions. By focusing on value-generating activities, I believe you can develop a more balanced home and work lifestyle. Below are a few of my tips on how to get started:
Create one daily routine that you don’t skip.
Whether that routine is dropping your kids off at school or being home for dinner, don’t make an excuse to skip it. The first step to building this routine is to identify your bigger-picture goals. If being part of your child’s school day is non-negotiable, then build it into your schedule so there can’t be conflicts. The same can be applied to business clients or customers; consider blocking off chunks of time devoted solely to their needs.
Set boundaries.
Have a conversation with your managers or employees about the parameters you want to work within. Set expectations for working hours or the best ways for team members to reach you. For example, you might need to pick up your child from school at 3 p.m., so block off that time in your calendar so no meetings are scheduled. Or communicate that bedtime is at 7 p.m., so no after-hours phone calls or text messages are permitted.

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