Balancing Your Work and Your Life

Work life balance is really what you decide to make it.  There is no magic formula.  It is about getting to know yourself and your personal sense of well-being.  You will usually have a sense of balance when you feel like you can effectively manage your various responsibilities at work, home, and in your community.

Balance is more than the hours you spend at work versus the hours you spend in the rest of your life.  If you are feeling well physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually, then chances are you have found your balance.  If one or more of those elements feels out of place, it is time to explore what needs to shift.

Over the course of your career, your notion of a balanced life will most likely change.  It is a good idea to frequently take stock of what is going on in all aspects of your life and see how they are interacting with each other.


Things to remember…

Career experts have identified five key elements that are part of successful career planning and a good guide in finding work and developing a successful and satisfying career.


Focus on the Journey

Make sure you are not so focused on the end goal – a degree, a diploma, your dream job – that you forget to enjoy each experience along the way.

Keep on Learning

You will keep learning new things your whole life.  All of your experiences, inside and outside school and work, educate you and help you become a well-rounded, unique individual.

Access Your Allies

Do not be afraid to reach out.  The most successful people are the ones who build a network of support – including friends, mentors, and family – around them.  These supporters can help you get through a rough day, be your sounding board, and help you find the right job for you.

Follow Your Heart

We are at our best when we are passionate about our work.  If you truly love your job, it hardly seems like work at all.

Change is Constant

It is true that change can be jarring, but it can also bring new opportunities and encourage flexibility.  These are traits that today’s employers are seeking.