5 Things That Will Keep You from Achieving Work-Life Balance

Larry Kim
Jul 25, 2016 · 4 min read

1. Being a perfectionist

You’re way too hard on yourself. You are your own worst critic. Yes, it’s important to care about the work you put out, but it’s equally important to tend to your family unit and home.

2. Giving people 24/7 access to you.

Whether it’s your boss or clients contacting you at 11pm, you need down time. This goes at home, too — take breaks from the family as needed to do your own thing.

3. Reacting to everything immediately.

You don’t have to answer each email or return each phone message as it comes in.

4. Mistaking busyness for productivity.

Skipping breaks and staying up all night working sure make you feel busy, but they may not result in any more getting done. Productivity is about getting things done effectively, not about being a hero who misses sleep and skips meals in the name of being so busy he simply “couldn’t help it.”

5. Living in one world when you should be in the other.

If you’re thinking about work while you’re at home and about home while you’re at work, are you really giving either your full attention?

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