3 Ways to Improve Your Work and Life Balance

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Feb 07, 2017

Pictured above: Collabrance teammates Hannah Erb and Kayla Juehring help celebrate Brittney Stepanek's baby #2 announcement at work with her 2 year old son.

New Year's Resolution Status Check

We’re already a month into 2017 and (still have our sights set on?) our New Year’s resolutions. We are now to the point in the year where the ultimate successes of resolutions are determined. According to this article, 80% of health-related resolutions fail, and this survey found less than 10% of us feel like we were successful in achieving our resolution in 2016.

With a toddler at home, and another baby on the way, my New Year’s resolution is to strike a healthy work-life balance. Like many of us, the line between work and personal life always seems to blur. I’m not sure it can be mastered, but it is pretty clear the happier we are at home, the more productive we are at work. Here are three things I’m doing to stay on track with my resolution and find a work-life balance:

  1. Stay organized for better time management.

    • As a working parent, it’s hard trying to keep schedules straight. Stay organized by writing things down and using a calendar (and keep it accessible!). I rely on these all the time and would be lost without them. Organizing and managing your time benefits your team and your family/friends.
  2. Build meaningful relationships.

    • Most days I feel like time is NOT on my side. But when I think about what matters the most when the day is over, I think about people. Something that has always been important to me is trying my best to be a good person to others. When you interact with others, take the time to give them your undivided attention. I think I’m doing a good job at this with my 2 year old because every time I don’t give him my full attention, he calls me out. Cherish the moments at work and at home no matter how busy you get.
  3. Be flexible.

    • Sometimes it feels like nothing goes as planned… OK, most of the time it feels like nothing goes as planned. Being flexible allows you to be open-minded. Don’t look at hurdles as challenges, but as opportunities. The more open you are, the more you will enjoy the journey and discover new surprises. It will make you happier, less stressed and healthier!

Whatever your New Year’s goals were for this year, I hope you’re still working towards achieving them. Things can get crazy busy sometimes, but it’s important to take time for yourself, your resolutions, and do things that will make you happy – this way, everyone wins.

Category: Personnel

About The Author

Brittney Stepanek

Brittney Stepanek, Strategic Marketing Director for Collabrance, is responsible for helping build relationships and brand awareness through strategic marketing initiatives. Before working at Collabrance, Brittney joined GreatAmerica in 2012 doing marketing for the Office Equipment Group. She received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology at the University of Iowa.

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