By the same token, knowing that you are in a line of work that will regularly cause you to neglect your personal and family life is information you can use to make values-based decisions about whether or not to stay in that line of work over the long term.
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Creating protected time for both work and family responsibilities A good way to make sure that work demands do not intrude into people's needs for family and personal time is to set time boundaries around work activities, and to not allow those boundaries to stretch too far.
This can be quite a trick to pull off for people in some lines of work, and will be impossible for some to manage.
Emphasizing task completion over maintaining a balanced life tends to create stress rather than reduce it.
This style of prioritizing sets the stage for failure and negative thinking when people fail to meet deadlines, or meet them in one sphere of life only by neglecting responsibilities and dependencies in the other.
Spreading Out Predictable Sources of Stress It is often possible to predict that particular events will be stressful, and then to use this knowledge intelligently so as to minimize their impact on the quality of your life.
Scheduling stressful events to occur during times when you have fewer responsibilities and more attention to give them can lessen their negative impact.
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We recommend taking a values-centered and balance-focused approach to time management so as to avoid some of these pitfalls.