Of all the activities human beings are engaged in, balancing between work and leisure has proven a daunting task. Many would love to give their families more time, but in a modern economy, this is less done than said. The modern business executive would be lucky if he just pulls 40 hours per week. Most do an average of 48 hours a week. Couple this with time spent in traffic jams and you have an executive who rarely sees his family. This is partly the reason why the divorce rate has more than tripled in the last 20 years. Is there hope of balancing work and pleasure then? Yes there is - but you have to commit to the tips given if you are going to succeed.

Finding a balance between work and leisure

Of all the activities human beings are engaged in, balancing between work and leisure has proven a daunting task. Many would love to give their families more time, but in a modern economy, this is easier said than done. The modern business executive would be lucky if he just pulls 40 hours per week. Most do an average of 48 hours a week. Couple this with time spent in traffic jams and you have an executive who rarely sees his family. This is partly the reason why the divorce rate has more than tripled in the last 20 years. Is there hope of balancing work and pleasure? Yes there is - but you have to commit to the tips given if you are going to succeed.

Plan a 'must attend' family evening out every week

If you can give your family at least 3 hours of undivided attention every week, they will start feeling that you care about them even if your work schedule does not allow you to be with them every day. Make sure that you are not interrupted during this time.

Think About Self Employment

If you are self-employed, you can control your working hours more. For example, you can work from 4 A.M to 7A.M, have some breakfast with your family, drop the kids to school and then pick up from where you left off. You can then take your spouse out for lunch then work for some additional three and a half hours, assuming that your wife will be picking the kids from school. With self employment, you can be has flexible as you want to be. You can have family time, assist the kids with their homework and give a little attention to your spouse. Yes, it is possible to balance work and leisure.

Take a lesser paying job but with flexible hours

Money is not everything! If you make a 7 figure salary but do not have time to enjoy the fruits of your labor; of what worth is it? You are better off with a smaller salary than becoming an absentee father. Whatever you do, make sure there is time to enjoy your life. Life is too short to waste away precious hours behind a computer.

Ensure there is a clear provision for vacation in your employment contract

Sometimes we are so desperate to get a job that we forget about small things such as vacation. These small things come back to haunt us later. Before accepting that enticing job, make sure you read the fine print. A provision of at least a 30-day paid leave must be available. When you get your leave, it is not time for remodeling the house or landscaping your garden. Take your family away on vacation.

Balancing work with leisure will continue to be a tricky affair. However with a little planning, you can manage to have the best of both worlds.

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