Identify conflicts in your home and work life.
Start by looking at how you spend your time at home and at work. First, identify the aspects of your life that are important or non-negotiable. Add in things that aren’t vital but which you want to make time for. Finally, note what you’d be prepared to give up.
Then, look at any conflict in your week. Do you often miss your gym class because you’re stuck working late? Or do you have caring responsibilities that leave you exhausted at work? These points of conflict are different for everyone, so tracking them will help you identify changes you need to make.
As you map out your time commitments and the conflicts they create, you’ll start to see a picture of how your work-life balance looks. If you have only a few conflicts, you may just need to give up some of the things you don’t need to do and manage your time to accommodate the things you do. But if you have lots of conflicts, it’s worth considering whether there may be a flexible working option that might work for you.