Dr Sanjay Salooja, an educator, corporate philosopher and life coach, shares key steps he takes to keep the zing alive in his personal and professional life.......
"Earlier, I would attempt at striking a perfect balance between my professional and personal life every new year. But, getting off balance became so frequent that it started making me feel a bit bitter. It seemed while work-life balance could be the topic for a good dinner conversation, achieving it was actually near impossible. To set things right, I decided to try some of the following to create a sense of achievement in both my professional as well as personal life.
Revisit goals I wrote down my work-life balance goals, recommitting myself to achieving them. I set realistic milestones and demonstrated more determination and perseverance in getting them done. I also celebrated every single milestone I achieved.
Make weekends count Instead of feeling weighed down by work pressure, I started planning weekends to include everything I wanted to do. I made it a point to take time out for my family and for those who mattered. I also found time to cultivate my hobbies.
Take time out for mini-vacations I realised taking a few days off from work was extremely important for my mental, emotional and physical well-being. Even now, I usually take a break from work once in two or three months to revitalise and re-energise.
Stay optimistic I always treat the setbacks in my work-life balance goals as a temporary phenomenon; I never let it bleed into other aspects of my life or feel guilty. Instead, I always ask myself,"What can I do to demonstrate control and ownership and bounce back?"
With time I had started realizing that although work does come in the way of our personal lives, life is about making the right choices. Work is an integral, yet, just a part of our life. And so is our time with our respective families and especially some 'me' time. This helps us understand the difference between mere 'existence' and 'life'. "