How to Achieve Work Life Balance (by Using 3 Types of Goals)

To achieve a good work life balance you must ensure that you are goal setting to cover the three most important areas of your life. They must be in harmony with each other, not contradictory. Just as a wheel must be perfectly balanced to rotate smoothly, your life must be in balance as well for you to feel happy and effective. There are three types of different goals you must set in order to achieve personal development and balance.

1. “WHAT” Goals: Goal Setting for Your Business and Career

What Do You Really Want?  Achieving work life balance begins with finding clarity in your business, career, and financial goals. These are the tangible, measurable things that you want to achieve as the result of your efforts at work. These are the ‘‘WHAT’’ that you want to accomplish in life.

When you go about goal setting for your business and career, you must be sure that they are tangible goals. You must be absolutely clear about how much you want to earn, and in what time period you want to earn it. You must be clear about how much you want to save, invest, and accumulate, and when you want to acquire these amounts. Remember, you can’t hit a target that you can’t see.

2. “WHY” Goals: Achieving Your Work Life Balance

Why Do You Want to Achieve Your Goals? The second types of goals you need are your personal, family, and health goals. In reality, these are the most important goals of all in determining your happiness and well-being. These are called the ‘‘WHY’’ goals because they are the reasons “WHY” you want to achieve your business, career, and financial goals. They are your true aim and purpose in life.

Many people become so involved with their work and careers, and their financial goals, that they lose sight of the reasons why they wanted financial success in the first place. They get their priorities mixed up. As a result, their lives get out of balance. They start to feel stressed and driven. Sometimes they become angry and frustrated. No matter how hard they work to achieve their business and financial goals, they don’t seem to enjoy any more peace, happiness, and satisfaction in life. They do not enjoy a work life balance.

They need to get their goals back in the right order of priority and realize that achieving work and financial goals are the means to the end of enjoying family and relationship goals. They are not the ends in themselves.

3. “How” Goals: Personal Development Goals

How Do You Achieve Your Goals? The third types of goals you require are your professional growth and personal development goals. These are the ‘‘HOW’’ goals. Goal setting, learning and practicing new skills and behaviors are how you achieve the ‘‘WHAT’’ in order to enjoy the ‘‘WHY.’’

By working on yourself and improving your self confidence, you become the kind of person who is capable of achieving your business, career, and financial goals. As a result, you can achieve and enjoy your personal, family, and health goals faster and easier. By working on all three types of goals simultaneously, you keep your work life balance and continue moving onward and upward.

The Importance of Work Life Balance

Maintaining a healthy work life balance directly relates to your mental health and happiness. A well-balanced approach will allow you to perform more efficiently in all areas by reducing burnout and boosting motivation to achieve your goals.

If you don’t keep a healthy balance between your work and personal lives, you risk losing sight of what truly matters to you. Once you’ve lost touch with your other needs in life, you won’t be able to release, manage or tolerate the stress from a high-pressure job.

Remember that learning how to be happy is one of the most important skills you can learn in life. Proper time management and goal setting techniques are simply tools to help you dedicate time toward doing so.

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Thank you for reading my blog on achieving work life balance, and goal setting. I hope you enjoyed it. Please share and comment with your friends.

If you’re ready for some advanced techniques, read my post on how to use SMART goals for goal-setting in all areas of your life.

You can also learn more about keeping balance in your life by downloading my FREE “Goals Report” here.

About Brian Tracy — Brian is recognized as the top sales training and personal success authority in the world today. He has authored more than 60 books and has produced more than 500 audio and video learning programs on sales, management, business success and personal development, including worldwide bestseller The Psychology of Achievement. Brian's goal is to help you achieve your personal and business goals faster and easier than you ever imagined. You can follow him on Google+, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Linkedin and Youtube.

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