Does it seem that you’re life is spinning out of control and somewhere along the way your work life balance disappeared and hasn’t come back? Whether you’re the manager or the owner of the business, we often find our work life balance is out of kilter? as you find yourself constantly driven to achieve more both at work and at home. And the person who is driving you… is you, yourself.
The key lies in finding the “sweet spot,” according to work life balance advisers quoted in the Wall Street Journal. It’s that point where you find your work challenging yet enjoyable, and you still have time for family life.
The sweet spot is different for everyone. Unfortunately, most people don’t know when they have reached their limits. At this point, they need to stop saying yes to themselves and others, stop overloading themselves with new activities.
Doctor Amit Sood, professor at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, Minn., says people may inherit a tendency to cope or overload.
- People with the ability to cope with multiple demands usually received early nurturing and warmth, with just enough adversity to instill resilience.
- Some people find their sweet spot by adding something they enjoy. It prompts them to give up activities that aren’t fun.
- High achievers often keep one calendar for all work, family, personal and community activities. They will ask for help when they need it, says Cali Yost, author of Tweaking It.
Physical symptoms of overload include insomnia, minor illnesses, rising blood pressure, and aches and pains.
Emotional symptoms include anxiety, being curt to colleagues and obsessing about what you haven’t done.
Overload can also take a toll on work memory and concentration.
So, be kind to yourself and consciously work on your work life balance, don’t overload yourself and find your sweet spot.