Recently Terry Hansen was interviewed by Channel 8 News to discuss tips that busy people can use to reduce the negative impact that can occur when they find it difficult to balance work life with home life.  Watch the 2 minute video here.

Hansen suggests the following for reducing stress and pressure at work:

1) Take better advantage of company resources. Delegate more, take advantage of the help offered by suppliers or vendors, use technology better, simplify processes and use their tools more effectively.

2)   Focus on prevention rather than always fighting fires.  Become a planner. At the end of the work day plan your next day’s work and schedule your priorities first.  Get ahead of the issues.  As they say “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

3) Improve your time management skills.  Spend 70% of your time on urgent things and 30% of your time on the important things.  However, don’t sacrifice the tomorrow priorities for today’s emergencies.

Hansen also suggests a few tips for improving home life:

1) Stick to your priorities.  Focus on the most important things in your personal life such as your relationships, your health and your peace of mind.  Take care of your body, your mind and your spiritual side.  If those things are in order than the rest will follow suit.

2) Get better at saying NO.  There are so many things that battle for our attention and time.  Many of them are good and worthwhile, but not great or the most important.  Be willing to protect the most important things by saying no.

3) Develop routines and habits that serve you and strengthen your personal relationships.  Weekly date nights with your spouse, taking time each day or week to exercise, going on walks each week with you teenage daughter and take a few quiet minutes each day for reading are all examples of habits and routines that can support your highest priorities.

Following these tips will help you maintain a healthy balance between your working life and your personal life.  A better balance between the two will insure a higher satisfaction with your health, relationships and finances.