4 Ways to be successful personally & professionally
What happens at home can definitely affect what happens at the office.
We see it all the time. People become super involved with their businesses, jobs and careers; but the personal relationships of their life suffer. The question becomes, how do we find proper balance to have healthy professional lives and personal relationships. If you’re like most people there is a struggle and tug-a-war between work life and home life.
Have you ever seen that person that has come into the office all shuffled and discombobulated because they had a fight with a significant other. Seems like their day got off to a wrong start; and everything was affected after that. Their attitude is off, their productivity is down, and their ability to connect with what’s going on with the world around them is all but zero. Their personal relationship, is now negatively affecting them in the professional environment. Many would say that the professional life is distant and different from the personal and the two worlds don’t have anything to do with one another, but I would disagree. According to a study by Bensinger, DuPont & Associates, 47% of workers say problems and stress experience in their personal lives impact their work performance. Many people use their careers and businesses to escape the stress of their personal lives but their work performance ends starts to suffer as well. What we find is that when you run away from one problem, you end up creating a new problem.
Leave the office in the office
A recent study by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics found 22% of those surveyed are either working or engaged in work-related activities on weekends and holidays, spending 5.8 hours per day working on their days off. We have to learn to detach ourselves from the work life. When we don’t know how to leave the office at the office; this affects our ability to be engaged and present in our personal lives. Many times we make ourselves too available for work; allow it to creep in and take priority over the personal relationships that matter the most, (Spouses, Children, Family, Friends, etc) There has to be a proper balance.
Address unresolved issues in your personal relationships
The snowball effect of issues in a relationship can easily roll over into your professional space. Look at it this way. If you don’t address personal and relationship issues when they happen those same issues you put off to address, will boomerang right back into your professional life. You can either address and face the issues quickly or they will come back to haunt you in the relationship and effect your performance and productivity at work later.
Invest quality time
Learn to take much needed vacation and time off. Nothing will give you an opportunity to reset professionally like investing in your personal life. We have to take and make the time to invest quality time in our personal relationships. This will give you the mental space you need to reset and relax. Investing quality time with that special someone or family members is a great way to show that you care about them more than what’s going on at the office. The office is important however we have to make sure we prioritize our lives create the healthy balance that is needed to be successful.
Don’t take your relationship for granted
If its one thing I know is that people both male and female, hate to be taken for granted. When you take a relationship for granted you say that that person has no value to me. The cars, jobs, shoes, and materialistic things we sometimes focus on can never show up to our funeral and say kind words to us; but the people we appreciated along the journey in life will. Many times we put stuff ahead of people and that is a dangerous way to live. Never take for granted the personal relationships in your life. Learn to find little ways and big ways to show them you care; it will have personal and professional rewards.
Imagine what you life would look like if you were able to find that healthy balance of professional success and personal fulfillment; all would be right with the world. You would be more productive at work thus making you more money, your spouse and family would feel appreciated because you invest quality time to address their needs and show them you care. When we learn how to address our personal relationships issues will ultimately affect our professional performance. Don’t put your personal relationships on the back burner of life, they deserve your full attention and your full commitment.
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