Striking a balance between work and life has never been more of a challenge. We have technology that allows us to check emails at the dinner table, but many of us never stop to think whether we should. When you are home with your family you should be fully present there, and when you are at work you should be fully present there. Unfortunately work life is slowly creeping into all aspects of our lives, and it’s time to take action.

When you don’t get enough time with your family and when you aren’t sleeping enough and when you aren’t getting enough down time, these things show through in your work. You can’t pour from an empty vessel, as the old saying goes. You need to take the time to recharge your batteries, whether that is through playing Battleship with your kids or reading a good book in the hammock out back. If you aren’t doing these things you could find that morale suffers and turnover is higher at work and your family is disappointed in you at home. In the long run you could even experience problems with anxiety and depression.

Negotiating a flexible schedule is crucial to maintaining your balance – you should never have to choose between earning a paycheck and being there for your child’s awards ceremony. Telecommuting is another way to reclaim a little bit of time in your schedule – the average commute is over 25 minutes one way, so getting a little bit of that time back can make a huge difference.

Take a look around. Are things getting out of balance in your life? If they are, it’s time to take stock of what’s important and figure out how to restore that balance to your life. Learn more about maintaining a proper work/life balance from this infographic!

Infographic Source: Family Living Today