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How to Achieve Balance between Work and Personal Life

Don't let worries about work invade your private life -- or vice versa. Stay healthy and keep your stress levels in check by achieving balance.


  • Step 1: Build a strong community of family, friends, and coworkers who can help you when you are feeling overwhelmed. Ask for their help anytime you are feeling stressed about tasks.
  • TIP: Grow your community by finding others who share your interests and concerns. Look online for support groups, volunteer for a cause that you really believe in, or join group activities at your gym, church, school, or community center.
  • Step 2: Take care of yourself, inside and out. Eat a healthy diet to build your energy. Find physical activities that you enjoy, and make time to do them. Make time for yourself, and you'll find that you're better able to juggle everything without stress taking control.
  • FACT: A 2010 study by the American Psychological Association found that residents of Los Angeles were the most stressed in the United States. They also reported poorer health and lower job satisfaction than others around the country.
  • Step 3: Manage your time by keeping a calendar of all of your family events, as well as a daily to-do list. Do the most important tasks first. Multitask and complete multiple errands simultaneously when you can. Don't stress about the things you aren't able to do.
  • Step 4: Avoid taking your work home with you by turning off your cell phone and laptop during your private time.
  • Step 5: Ask your boss about the possibility of a flexible work schedule. See if you can telecommute or compress your hours into a shortened workweek.
  • Step 6: Don't say "yes" out of a sense of obligation or guilt. Have the courage to say "no" when you're asked to help with projects that you don't want to be involved with.
  • TIP: Be honest and respectful when you're saying "no." Be clear and brief, and don't make up excuses.
  • Step 7: Create lists of the personal and work activities that you have to do in a single week. Make note of the ones that are absolutely necessary and the ones that you enjoy the most. Prioritize those, while cutting or delegating the others.

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