Balancing a career and love can be tough but you don’t have to choose. Instead, learn to live your life in a way that allows time for both. Although it takes work, both greatly contribute to your happiness and you deserve that level of fulfillment.
The first step of this balancing act is keeping your love life and work life separate. This way, you can devote your undivided attention to both at the proper times. There must be no overlap. Otherwise, things get messy and worst of all, STRESSFUL. When at work, work. Be a boss, get things done and immerse yourself in your task(s). As for when you’re with your partner, be present, engaging, and attentive and enjoy instead of trying to multitask. It’s tough at first, which is why setting boundaries like no texting, or calling during work hours (or one on one time) are helpful.
Life throws curveballs that force us to devote more time to one thing than another. Prioritizing isn’t a sacrifice. Getting your life in order is how to let people know you’re committed. To do that, identify what’s urgent vs. important as well as assessing value. As a result, you’ll be more present at work and in your relationship. Then, when you must work late or step back from career-related duties, there’s no doubt from your partner or employer about how much you care or what you take seriously.
Job loss and relationship breakdown are often caused by lack of time and dedication. Create more time for both by outsourcing what you can. For example, time spent cooking or running errands can be devoted to your relationship with the help of a delivery service or having someone else handle it. As for what remains on your plate, make a schedule and stick to it. This way, there’s always time devoted to both which maintains balance.
Know When to Get Out
A man unwilling to work with you is not worth your time. The above takes effort. If your efforts are met with inflexibility or worse, complaints, get out. Yeah, quitting gets a bad rap but a lack of mutual effort makes balance impossible. If you stay, all you’ll face is stress and ultimately, wasted time