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Improving the Work-Life Balance May Not Be as Tough as You Think

As the pace of the world becomes ever-faster, the battle to successfully achieve the right balance between work and life is more difficult to win.

But is it truly as tough as it appears?


An article over at USA Today suggests “maybe not,” and outlines several ideas to putting the balance back more in your favor. What’s of particular note is that these ideas are simple, at least in concept, but when you think through their potential, each offers significant benefits in the realm of saving time that can go a long way to allowing you to breathe much easier each day.

One excellent way to help rebalance your life, as detailed by writer Brooke Niemeyer, involves taking the necessary steps to simplifying your daily routine as much as possible.

These steps can be very basic, but, in totality, the measures go a long way to “decluttering” your day. For example, Alison Kero, CEO of Ack Organizing in New York City, is quoted in the piece as saying that even “putting a key rack near your front door so you never lose your keys” is the kind of measure that can be extremely helpful in this regard. Think about everything you do each day, large and small, and now think of ways to make actually doing those things easier and quicker.

“The more you can implement effective systems into your life, the easier everything will flow, and you’ll find yourself less likely to be wasting time, energy or money,” says Kero.

Another step you can take to help stay on more of an even keel involves strategically using your commute time to make peace with what goes on at work, so that you don’t do it at home.

Carrie Aulenbacher of Transportation Investment Group in Erie, Pennsylvania says, “I’d urge [those] who commute to work in their own cars to decompress on the drive home by talking out what might have been frustrating or encouraging during the day. If they commute by rail or bus, I’d suggest making a journal entry on the way home to decompress before getting home to their personal life.”

The point is, when many think about ways to achieve that elusive work-life balance, they often think in terms of more drastic measures, like changing jobs or even careers, but taking such steps may not be at all necessary. Establishing a better relationship between work and home may be as (relatively) easy as becoming better organized and more efficient in how you process your day.

 By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large