All of us at New England Capital Financial Advisors would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a happy holiday season and a very healthy safe and prosperous New Year. I am truly blessed to be doing what I love to do in partnership with a team of professional and competent colleagues for the benefit of you, our valued clients.
As we approach and prepare for this joyful but incredibly busy holiday season, I find myself struggling with balance. Not the balance I struggle with in my weekly yoga class, rather the work-life balance we all aim to achieve. A study published by the American Sociological Review found that the majority of people who manage to achieve some form of work-life balance do certain things well.
First, they make deliberate choices about what they want in their life. They create a roadmap of the kind of life they want to live, how they will spend their time and then commit to this path.
Second, they regularly communicate with important people in their lives about what’s working for them and what isn’t. This prevents them from drifting away from their plans due to outside influences and pressures.
Third, they make sure they set aside time for family, friends and other important interests. Instead of waiting to see if there is any free time left over after work, they make a point of booking time off to spend outside of work and are willing to guard this time.
Fourth, they develop a strong sense of who they are, their values and what’s important to them. This helps them determine what success means to them, what makes them happy and what they want to get more of in their lives.
Fifth, they are able to tune out distractions like TV, electronic devices, and 24/7 media. This allows them to participate in meditation, enjoy music, engage in physical activity or other things that rejuvenate and regenerate them.
Sixth, they are willing to make sacrifices to get what they want. They may work extra-hard during the week so they can fully enjoy more free time guilt-free on the weekend.
Finally, they develop a strong support network they can depend on to get them through difficult times. They enjoy a variety of interests that brings them in contact with like-minded people who will enrich their lives and be there when they are needed.
Hopefully these findings will help reduce your stress and guide you through this holiday season and for the rest of your life.
In closing, everyone at New England Capital Financial Advisors wish you joy and happiness today and always. It is our privilege to serve you.