We know that it can seem like there are never enough hours in the day for all that you need to do, and for all that you would like to do.

Your to-do list at work and at home can be lengthy. At work, your patients and teammates depend on you; and at home, so do your family members, your friends and even your pets. And doesn’t everyone want some “me time,” too, after a workday — maybe for exercising, enjoying a hobby or catching up on an engaging TV show?

How can you ensure that each day, you’re achieving that seemingly elusive work-life balance? We spoke to dental assistant Stacey U., who gave us some insight about what works for her! We hope that these tips will work for you too.

 

Prioritize what matters.

When we asked dental assistants about their strategies for maintaining a work-life balance, they agreed that family must always come first. Many dental assistants found that family time was what they needed to recharge and stay motivated.

“Setting aside a few hours to spend with family members each day is so important,” Stacey explains. “Even though work is a very important part of life, it is not the only thing. Family is forever.”

 

Be present.

As they say, whenever you are, be there. When you’re at work, be at work; and when you’re at home, be at home. Try to keep your focus on who you’re giving your attention to in that moment, and, as the saying goes, don’t sweat the small stuff that happens at either place.

“I always try to tell myself when I walk out of my office, I leave my work there,” says Stacey. “I know that it will still be there tomorrow, and I will take care of it the next day.”

 

Make time for yourself.

Certainly, you always must fulfill all your commitments to your family and your employer, but it’s also important to take time out of a busy day for yourself. Maybe it’s as simple as carving out a half-hour each day to take a walk outside or to get lost in a chapter of the book you’re reading during your lunch break.

Or perhaps you’d like to make more time for nutritious eating, exercising and getting a good night’s sleep. Think about what would make you feel happier and healthier, and make time for these activities!

As Stacey says, “You always need to take care of yourself. Your career is very important, but those who put aside their personal well-being may put themselves, their families and their career at risk. Each day, you have to focus on your emotional and physical well-being.”

 

What would you add to this list? Leave a comment, and let us know!