This flexibility story comes from Swati Srivastava, an avid writer with a keen interest in the extensive domain of job search and career counseling. Based in India, she is assistant content manager at Naukrigulf.com.

I got married in 2012. Living with my mother before marriage, I hadn’t realized how difficult it is to be a homemaker. After marriage, priorities have definitely changed in my life: I have realized how important it is to maintain work-life balance.

It took me many months for me to understand how a married working person can share the responsibilities of both work and home. I discovered I needed to take time away from the office to give time at home. Working and living with in-laws has its own complications. There are several expectations from family, while there are no exemptions at work! However, with a clear focus on my goals, and my husband’s support, I have been able to find the balance I need.

We all know that the traditional 9-to-5 job does not exist anymore. It has become common for us to stay at our workplaces for more than 9 to 10 hours per day to work on a priority project or attend surprise meetings. And even though my company promotes work-life balance, I was still bringing work home with me on a daily basis until I created a strategy to better manage my time.

I looked for my manager’s support in discussing the possibility of a flexible work schedule for me. I created a detailed proposal that outlined how I could ensure timely delivery of my work, in line with my company’s requirements as well as my personal commitments. My manager was happy to support a policy of work and time flexibility, provided all my work is delivered on time. Now I successfully maintain a balance, giving the required time at work and home.

From my personal experience, here are some suggestions for doing the same in your life:

Communicate Your Requirements

Open communication with your boss, spouse, family, or friends is critical. Speak with your employer about your excessive workload and discuss possible ways to achieve work flexibility. Communicate, communicate, communicate.

Avoid Multitasking

When you need to work on a project that takes priority, avoid handling two or more things together. I used to try multitasking thinking that it would result in my finishing all my work early. But in fact, I found it takes even more time trying to juggle multiple tasks.

Stick to a Plan

Try to stick to a plan for a day, whether it is for work or home. Focusing on one agenda without getting distracted has made me much more productive.

Work flexibility has greatly improved my life! I no longer struggle to maintain a balance between my family and professional responsibilities. My stress level has decreased, I have no complaints from my in-laws, and I deliver my work on time.

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