If you’ve found any success in your career, you’ve most likely experienced some sort of struggle when it comes to creating a healthy work-life balance in your life. We’ve all experienced that moment – you’re sitting at your desk, tied up in a million to-dos, and you glance at the clock to find that it’s 4:55 pm. Immediately, you’re faced with a choice – do you wrap things up and call it a day, or do you attempt one more task and risk being late for dinner?

Whether your work-life balance is a constant daily struggle or you manage to make it home for dinner most nights, these tips will prove helpful for those moments when work tasks threaten to tip the scale. We’ve put together some tips you can start implementing now in order to take the necessary steps towards a healthier balance in your life. According to the famous words of Michelle Obama,

“We need to do a better job of putting ourselves higher on our own ‘to-do’ list.” – Michelle Obama

If Michelle Obama can find the time to create a healthy work-life balance, then you can, too! Check out our tips below.

Tip #1: Combine Work & Home-Life

We don’t mean invite the kids to work with you; we’re suggesting you get a little more creative than that. If you get creative, you’ll surprise yourself with how many ways you can involve your kids or spouse with work activities. Say you have a new project or product at work – test it out on your family or have your kids participate in a trial focus group. If you own a craft-related business – such as an Etsy store – have your kids assist you when making the next month’s order.

Tip #2: One-Touch Rule

How many times have you returned to a task a second time because you didn’t do it properly the first go around? This likely happened because you rushed through the task, or you forgot about it altogether. Here’s where you need to take the tortoise approach to your tasks. The tortoise always wins the race. Take your time with your tasks and do them thoroughly and correctly, so that you can check them off and not worry about them a minute more than necessary. This applies perfectly when checking your email. Instead of writing down a task to do later, complete it now and get it over with.

Tip #3: Schedule, schedule, schedule.

“If it’s not on the calendar, it doesn’t happen.” Who has said this phrase before? As cliche as this tip may sound, this tip is SO important. Combine your work and home calendar, so that everything is in one place. Blocking off time for each task that day, whether work or home-related, will ensure that you don’t spend more time than is necessary for each task. Block scheduling will also prevent your home-life responsibilities from being overridden by work responsibilities. If you have dinner at home carved out on your calendar each day, then you have a visual trigger reminding yourself not to schedule anything during or close to that time. Evaluate your schedule at the end of each week and determine if you need to make any adjustments. Soon enough you will have a well-balanced calendar that can fit all of your priorities.

After applying these tips to your life, you will be amazed at how much more balanced your life feels. These tips may seem easy, and they are, but they are so easily neglected. Just like our financial life, every area of our life requires intention.

If you’re looking for more ways to be intentional with your finances, contact Ark Financial today and let’s discuss your options!