These Three “Life-Work Balance” Hacks Have Helped Many Women Become Happier

The truth is, I would love to have a family and more time for myself, but I find it very difficult to fit that in, considering the pace of my job.

In today’s busy world, prioritizing between your work and your personal life can be a huge challenge. But studies show that a poor work-life balance can result in unhealthy levels of stress, unhappiness, and even reduced productivity.


1.Prioritize and Limit time-wasting activities and people

One thing that has made a difference is that I learned how to say no. I used to say yes to everything because I was so excited to be included and beholden to wanting people’s approval. But I was overcommitting myself and getting too wrapped up in being liked, rather than focusing on what’s truly important.

First, identify what’s most important in your life. This list will differ for everyone, so make sure it truly reflects your priorities, not someone else’s. Next, draw firm boundaries so you can devote quality time to these high-priority people and activities.


2.Avoid the perfectionist’s mind trap

You knew you weren’t ready for this responsibility, and now your boss thinks you’re a careless, hurried hammer with nothing but a bucket of bad ideas and poor spreadsheet management. She’ll probably have to redo the entire thing. Did you even proofread it? You’re a joke—15 other girls could do your job better than you. –

Amanda sent her boss an assignment at 8 am. 3 hours later she still heard nothing. She was sure it was the death of her career. Indeed she was wrong. She did great. But Amanda is a perfectionist, and for perfectionists, self-doubt is a deeply engrained behavior.

A perfectionist is detail-oriented and capable of absorbing high levels of information, they are also their weakest link when it comes to taking action. To them, everything is important and everything must be done. In the end, they get overwhelmed. Some perfectionists procrastinate; some get stuck in analysis paralysis mode. Some give up, while some spend an excruciating amount of time just to get simple things done.

Some tips on overcoming perfectionism are:

Set up deadlines.
Looking at the big picture. Ask yourself, does it really matter? Will this still matter tomorrow? How about next week? Next year?

3. Remember, that having a supportive spouse — a real partner — will play a huge part in your success.

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