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How to Find the Balance Between Work and Play

Updated on November 2, 2017
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Trudy otherwise known as tlcs has worked in administration most of her working career, some of my experience and knowledge can be found here

Finding that balance between work and play is not easy!

Not an easy process!
Not an easy process! | Source
No time!
No time! | Source

That all important free time

Having just had a break from our working schedules I am sure I am not the only one thinking about spending more time at home and less time working!

Finding that balance can sometimes be very difficult.

I myself would like to tell you about my experience and what my thoughts are on trying to find that all important balance.

Balancing is hard!
Balancing is hard!

Career minded through and through

Going back sometime ago I worked full time, very long hours and with two hours travelling to deal with for twenty years.

I had a young family at the time all at home and demanding every ounce of my energy.

My career kept me going it was what I wanted to do at the time. I wanted to prove to myself that I was able to be independent and that I could make a difference.

This I did. Until, one day I had to deal with my job and unforeseen circumstances in my home life which really upset me and the balance of the whole family.

I continued with my career until I had to make that all important decision to leave as I could not find that work life balance when disaster struck.

Work and Play is discussed at NBC!

Family came first for me when looking at my work life balance

The saying goes family comes first. When you are career minded I do think however you look at the bigger picture and you have to try to see yourself without the career if it is not mentally possible to cope with the situation that you have been presented with in your home life.

Building a career and achieving your goals does not come easily for most and working hard is paramount to get what you want from that job role.

That said, when all is said and done and the decision is made generally it is true, family does come first and if the work life balance is not in place, something has to give.

Measuring up your time is difficult but once you have decided it becomes more easy!
Measuring up your time is difficult but once you have decided it becomes more easy! | Source

Once the decision has been made it is time to move on

Once you have finally made that decision to spend more time with your family you need to act on the decision.

It is no good saying I am going to spend more time with my family only to go back to work and get set in the old ways of putting in all the hours god sent and returning home to find dinner has been done, the family are ready for bed and so are you, quality time has already gone and cannot be brought back.

Talking it through with work and family could make it much easier

I was fortunate because I did not make the decision on my own to leave my career. I talked it through with my family who new that I had no choice but to move on.

In hindsight maybe if I had spoken to my employers at the time they may have reduced my hours or even put me into a different role. My situation was that I did not want to do another job and I was exhausted from trying to achieve the goals that I had in place before the disaster hit in both home and my work life and changing roles would not have helped the situation.

This video balancing work and play is quite hilarious and may give you an idea about balancing work and play!

The grass is not always greener on the otherside

I am sure that some of you have heard of the saying 'the grass is greener on the other side'.

Well all I can say is make sure that you have looked at all of the options that you have if you are unable to come to some agreement with your employers on achieving a better work life balance before leaving the job. Jobs are not easy to come by at the moment and unless you have a little pot to rely on it is not easy to stay above board.

Decreasing your working hours if possible or finding a job with less hours to make the work life balance more beneficial to you is an option

I have found that finding a job with less hours has suited me, however, that said this may not be the ideal situation for a lot of other people. Salaries are the main issues here as this was where the impact came for me when I left my career and decreased my hours and took a less paid role in a different business.

If it is possible to speak to the business you are working for and maybe discuss flexi hours this could be an option to improve the work life balance.

Balancing act is required!
Balancing act is required! | Source

Whatever you do, make sure that you think it through and discuss it with those closest to you and those it will affect most

Being open with your family and letting them know that you wish to spend more time having fun than working will only prove to be beneficial if they can be open minded and listen to the demands that you are facing from both sides of the fence.

Reaching the decision you are going to take to gain that work life balance is once achieved absolutely wonderful.

I would love to hear your story

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      Trudy Cooper 3 years ago from Hampshire, UK

      Your quite right there Rota, I did make the right decision and my family helped me make it.

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      Rota 3 years ago

      very good tips. I recently made a shift from a very involved job that affected and had to be put ahead of so much in my life, to a situation completely opposite to that. I'm still adjusting but taking it slow. Definitely you need to be in touch with family on this

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      Mary Norton 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      It is hard to reach that balance. For me, life first. I had been a workaholic and never will I do that again. Work gets better when you give life priority.

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      Trudy Cooper 3 years ago from Hampshire, UK

      Thank you Chitrangada Sharan glad you agree.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      It is very important to strike a balance between work and life. And for this you need to plan and although it is difficult but not impossible.

      Family support and love and understanding of the loved ones is very important in this regard.

      Nice thought provoking and well written hub. Voted up as useful!