I love summer - warm weather, vacations, time with the family! All of this extra time and fun with the family can sometimes lead us to think about the way we are balancing work and family, and perhaps long for some changes. These longings can prompt us to make some needed changes. However, if we're not careful, it's easy to let this desire for more family time cause us to make changes that are unnecessarily drastic.
I've talked to clients who are practically panicked about their desire for more family time after their first summer weekend at the cabin. They start talking about quitting their job, or starting a business so they can work from home. While these can be great work options, without a plan in mind, they likely won't produce the results you imagine.
When you start feeling this way, it's important to take a step back and consider what work-life balance looks like to you. As yourself:
- How much of what I want do I have already? (What am I grateful for?)
- How does my current work situation benefit my personal life?
- What "tweaks" can I make to improve my sense of work-life wellbeing?
#2 - Small changes in your "fit" can make a big difference.
#6 - Start with what you do want, not with what you don't want.
Take a look at Cali's suggestions and see which ones make sense for you!