How to Balance Your Personal & Professional Life


Maintaining a good balance between the academic and personal life can become a bit hectic sometimes. Often people claim that their professional life is intruding into their family life or vice versa. For that reason, it is good to learn how to keep a good balance between the two. Once you manage to do that, you are more likely to become more productive, focus on the main aspects of your life, and eliminate stressful or unwanted situations. Although the balancing takes a lot of planning and meditation, it is good to keep focused in order to succeed.

To learn how to keep a good balance between their personal and professional life, people can either attempt to organize their life themselves or count on professionals and life coaches. Regardless of your decision, it is important to keep your aims in mind and think about both your needs and your family’s needs. Often people tend to put their family life on hold just so that they can move up the corporate ladder. Unfortunately, over time the one takes over the other and leads to a real imbalance. These tips might help one maintain a balance between their personal life and professional goals.
Separate Work and Family Time

A good way of starting the long and complicated process is by learning how to separate the two. The internet provides a lot of benefits these days, and people can easily spend most of their day working from home or attending online classes instead of focusing more time on their family life. Sometimes it can be a bit tough to step back when work is just a few clicks away. On the other hand, not having a home office can also be a downside in this case. It has been proven that people who don’t have a clear separation of their personal and professional life at home might find it hard to transition from one to another.

Therefore, online school courses or even work can be completed at a coffee shop or at the local library. Once you finish work, you can simply leave that place, and that might help you transition to your personal life. On the other hand, if you work in an office, then it might be a good idea to either listen to music or call a friend on your way home. This will help you make the transition an easier manner.

Create a Schedule

The world that people live in these days seems to move in the blink of an eye. Consequently, it might be hard to remember what tasks you need to complete on which days and what family or personal events you need to attend. Therefore, it could be a good idea to spend a few days writing down every task and important event that is coming up.

Sometimes partners might feel that they are not appreciated enough due to the fact that their other half is spending most of their time focusing on work-related problems. That could be the start of a failed marriage, and no one wants that in their life. No matter how busy or stressed you are, try to make time for your family and show them that they can count on you no matter what. Your children and your partner might expect certain things from you. Make sure to remember them. If you feel like you’re losing the grip of your life, it might be time to try online couples counseling. The advantages of this therapy are the fact that it’s anonymous, it does not take a lot of time, and it helps both you and your partner get back on track.

Eliminate Distractions

Nowadays it is quite easy to get lost in the multitude of distractions that are getting in the way of our productivity. According to research, people spend around 20 minutes of every hour handling unplanned distractions. Although multi-tasking can help in some cases, most of the time it is better to try and concentrate on a single task at a time. People tend to be more productive once they eliminate distractions from their life. That does not mean that smartphones or tablets should be completely eliminated, but a minimization of their use can definitely help.

Some effective ways of eliminating distractions and being more productive are turning off mobile and computer notifications, working in an organized space, closing any programs that are not in use, and getting snacks and water during routine breaks. Therefore, these tips might help one have a better work life, without any interferences of their personal life.

Learn How to Say “No”

In order to be able to create a stable balance between personal and professional life, you have to master the art of saying “no.” There are certain instances when one has to become selfish and think about their private life. For example, when it comes to doing extra work or tasks that require you to spend more hours in the office, it is important to consider all aspects of your private life. Think about your family and about the extra time that you could spend together having fun. Even though there are situations when it’s almost impossible to say no, try to prioritize tasks. There are certain activities that can wait. Learning how to say “no” when it is necessary will make a real difference when it comes to this problem.

Handle Social Media

Last but not least, it is important to learn how to make a difference between social platforms that you use for work, and social media that you use for family and personal life. Having separate personal and professional accounts allows you to separate the two effectively. Now that social media plays an important role in people’s day to day life, this aspect could make a real difference. It could also facilitate life in certain situations. Create a distinction between the posts that you’re making in the online world. It is better to post personal pictures on your family profile and make professional posts and comments on your personal social platform. Thanks to the multitude of applications that are out these days, it is quite simple to pick one for academic connections and another one for personal life.


Most of the measures described above could be beneficial for everyone who is looking to preserve a good work-life balance. As most people know already, nothing is worse than combining the two. Don't forget, slow and steady wins the race!  

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34 comments:

  1. Too many people have a problem separating their work and personal lives which is sad people need to be able to take a holiday and not think about work but some people find that hard to do, not me and not Tim but some people

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    1. Yes, a lot of people do have a hard time with that. Glad that you and Tim aren't two of them!

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  2. Finding a balance can be very difficult, at least it was for me. It tooks me about a good year or two to find the perfect balance for me. And your last tips of separate profiles is one I wish I'd had taken into account a whole lot sooner than I had. It really was the turning point for me.

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    1. Glad you were able to find your balance. Separate profiles is key!

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  3. These are some really great tips. I know i have this problem sometimes too and use these as a way to help find the balance.

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    1. Thanks, Ni'Kesia. I think that there are probably very few of us who can totally separate without a little prodding. My hubby and I have so many "side gigs" that we have to make it a point.

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  4. Nice tips. We all need balance in our lives and it can be so difficult to manage. Nice read

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    1. Thank you, Rebecca. Yes, it can be difficult sometimes, but so helpful when we find that balance.

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  5. As ex-investment bankers, we always prioritize work. Now that we have a hobby blog, social media for work has become so important. We are always working on making personal time solely personal.

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    1. That's great that you guys prioritize making personal time personal. It's so important for us all to put. the. devices. down. Right? Working in social media, I know it can be hard for all of us!

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  6. Great post! I own a small business that provides services to people.And I find it difficult to manage especially my time. Thanks for the tips!

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    1. You're welcome, Karla. Glad you found them useful. :)

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  7. Awesome suggestions, tips! I don't have that problem but, my daughter does. I think she handles it quite well. She was already going to school part time, working part time and her and my sil were parenting their 4 children. Nursing school comes up soon though. That will mean full time plus for school, much studying and part time work. I should send her your link.

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    1. Thanks, Gladys! Tell her we said "Good Luck" in nursing school. :)

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  8. Since switching to working from home, I’ve been finding this balance a LOT harder! Everything comes through my phone so sometimes I have to just turn off the sound and put it in another room. I set myself a schedule, but rarely stick to you. And could definitely do a better job sticking to a schedule!

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    1. It does seem so much harder when you work from home, doesn't it? Thanks for stopping by!

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  9. This is a constant struggle in our house. We're both freelancers who are based out of our home, so work is always around and accessible. We have to really set hard boundaries to not do work after a certain time.

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    1. It's important to set boundaries. My hubby and I aren't perfect yet, but we're definitely better than we were!

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  10. This post came at the the right time, I have only recently just started to work from home and I find creating a balanced schedule hard to maintain. I will be using your advice, thank you.

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    1. Thank you, Kelly. Hope you find the tips useful in practice.

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  11. Thanks for these tips. When working from home it can be easy to always be distracted by work!

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    1. Yes, or vice versa. It's hard to not focus on housework when you should be focusing on work-work. It's good to try to keep them separate.

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  12. Balancing the professional and personal can be difficult, but when you set priorities you can go far,

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  13. It is important to keep the two separated. A good balance is good for your mental health!

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  14. I had a job that let me work from home but it didn't afford me the option for setting boundaries. It was really hard.

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    1. Not being able to set boundaries would be very hard, indeed. Sounds like that job is in the past? Hopefully you're able to have more balance now.

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  15. You gave some great advice here, its really important to find a balance between work and personal life too much work and you'll burn out!

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    1. It is so easy to reach burnout when you don't have that balance. Thanks, Elizabeth.

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  16. I can totally relate. My current job used to be an hobby up until two years ago. I never had issues balancing that with my personal life. But lately I find it harder and harder to do. Setting working hours is something that has worked for me lately.

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    1. It's great that your hobby turned into your job. Hopefully that means that it's something that you enjoy! But, once you take that step into "job" it does start to take a lot more time and setting work hours is a great idea to keep those boundaries.

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  17. learning how to say no in any aspect of our lives is so important! boundaries are healthy!

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    1. Boundaries are very healthy, especially for our mental health. Thanks for stopping by, Tara.

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