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4 Practical Tips to Achieve Work-Life Balance While Building Your Career

According to the Singapore Department of Statistics (Singstat) data in 2016, a growing number of couples are facing divorce at a much higher rate. Marriages in Singapore are not lasting as before with couples whom cannot reconcile their spousal relationship seeking divorce lawyers to dissolve their marriages. In view of this national social trend, being career-minded or highly driven in your work does not necessarily mean it should take a toll on your dating life or relationships with your boyfriend/girlfriend, spouse, family and friends.



Aside from having a job which pays the bills and allows us to enjoy the finer things in life, we should seek to commit in healthy relationships with the important persons around us and have a balanced life. Although it can seem tough, it is not impossible to achieve work-life balance with these steps.


1. Stop Being a Workaholic

Foremost, you should understand the relationship you are establishing with your work. How much is your identity built upon your job position and title? While you may gain extreme satisfaction and be highly passionate in our careers, over-working beyond any boundaries in the long term will definitely lead to extreme stress and burn-out in your job.  Our jobs and career should not be the only thing that provides us with fulfillment in life. 

Work-life balance does not necessitate equal amount of hours into both work life and personal life. Ultimately, we have to ask ourselves whether we are working to live or living to work. You can simply strike a healthy balance between both by effectively taking time off to commit and maintain relationships with our loved ones.



As a hardworking employee or professional freelancer, you may be highly tempted to respond to emails sent by superiors or client beyond working hours. Instead of being bogged down by work 24 hours, 7 days a week, learn to “switch off’. Business deals and work can occur anytime while special memories can be created just once.


2. Prioritise Your Time Accordingly

Everyone should establish clear work-life personal boundaries so that any chance of work or relationships intruding each other can be avoided beyond your stipulated working hours. You should be fully in charge to meet your specific job deliverables during office hours and be actively present to care and concern for your loved ones outside of work. In the case when both aspects demand your attention at the same time, you should plan ahead and communicate with your superiors and families and/or friends of your expected response and obligations in these circumstances.

Be flexible and make it a conscious effort to differentiate the matters that require your immediate attention and those that do not. Learn to focus on cherishing private moments with your loved ones and be fully immersive in whatever you are doing, whenever you are doing it.


3. Schedule Your Life, Not Just Work

On the same note, you should also reserve slots of time in your schedule for leisure activities that allows you to recharge and add value to your life, such as through regular exercises, a weekly date out, reserved time for family bonding activities, and an overseas vacation. Not only will have something to be expectant about, you will possess the extra boost of motivation to manage your work hours well and be productive so that you do not have to cancel on others.  Setting aside regular time for your spouse or friends and family is very important, even if those shared moments may be brief.


4. Communicate Regularly to Build Trust

Communication builds strong trust and reassurance between couples and families. The top reason for divorce and failed relationships can be attributed to a lack of communication or the inability to communicate effectively with understanding. Over time, this will lead to mistrust and resentment which can erode a relationship unconsciously. On the flip side, struggles that you share with your other half can bring you closer together through a common vision and goal to overcome.



Frequent communication lays the perfect foundation for having a balanced relationship, one that is based on realistic expectations and commitment to each other. You are working hard to improve the lives of your family, so communicate this to them and help them understand why you work so hard. Communicate strongly so that you expand your partner’s trust in you while you are away or when things come up and you need to be understood.


Your job is not your life, your relationships are ultimately as important or not, more important than your job. Both our careers and relationships are essential to a fulfilling life, you too can achieve work-life balance with these few simple steps.