"Here! Take This Umbrella And Learn To Keep Your Balance On That Tightrope Between Business And Home"!
Do you feel torn between your work life and your personal life? Do you always feel stretched to the limit? Do you wonder if it's ever going to be any different?
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* Deciding what you really desire
* Deciding what you're willing to give to get what you desire
* Deciding what you need to have so you can give
* Getting the most of what you desire
Learn how successful people create a balance between their work life and personal life!
Before you begin looking for a work position, promotion or to start your own business, you need to answer these questions first. Be honest.
What is most important to you? Is it money? Benefits? How about a location close to your home? What about the hours?
If you answered "All of the above" - You're already on your way to striking a balance between your work life and personal life.
Now, answer these questions. And again, be honest.
Just how much money will it take for you to be satisfied? Just what kind of benefits will take care of your needs? Just how much time are you willing to spend traveling to and from your place of work? And just how much time and energy are you really ready, able and willing to give to a work position? (At least for now…)
You need to answer these questions, honestly, for yourself first.
Only then will you be able to decide what work position can work for you. Especially if you're going to receive a salaried wage.
What will this salary cost you?
Receiving a salary has its advantages.
There are a number of "perks", (benefits). One of the biggest is that you'll receive the same amount of money if you work 40 hours a week or 20 hours a week.
Receiving a salary has its disadvantages too.
One of the biggest is that you'll receive the same amount of money if you work 60, (or more …), hours a week.
If you're being offered a salaried position, it's most important that you know up front, as much as possible, just how much work is involved on an ongoing basis. And hopefully your employer will be honest …
Working 40 hours a week can be hard enough.
If you have other things you need to do, such as take care of a family, working more than 40 hours a week makes everything harder.
You'll be so tired by the end of the week that all you'll want to do is nothing on your off time. This doesn't make for much quality time with your friends or family ...
What if you don't have a family?
Still, if you're spending so much time and energy at work that you're always tired and don't feel like doing anything on your off time ... This kind of life style will take its toll on you and on your personal life. And it will begin affecting your work life.
If you're being offered an hourly wage, you'll at least have choices.
You can decide if you'll work part-time or full-time. You can decide if you'll work any "overtime", (any time over the hours you were hired to work).
(You will find more detailed information about both kinds of positions on the Salary Vs. Hourly Wage page, in the Earning A Living section.)
Others benefit from what you do for yourself!
Believe it or not, your "downtime", (the time you spend relaxing and resting), is every bit as important as your "uptime"!
How many people do you know who seem to do nothing but work? What about you?
How many people do you know who are always so tired it's hard for them to be nice? What about you?
Work is very important, but so is your health and sense of well being.
Make sure you get the rest and relaxation you need. Make sure you aren't too tired to be nice. Others will thank you.
Be honest with yourself first.
Know your limits.
Decide for yourself just what kind of work will really work for you.
Decide what changes you need to make to create and maintain a balance between your work life and personal life.
Then be totally honest with employers.
"Go for the gusto" but - Know that you can't always get, (everything), you want. Be ready, able and willing to work things out with employers.
Find the solution that works for everyone, including yourself!
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