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How to juggle work, family and fun
Do it all without going insane
 
Published Monday, July 7, 2014 6:30 am
by StatePoint

Juggling work and family with friends and hobbies can be a great challenge. After all, there are only 24 hours in a day and seven days in a week.

It’s a dilemma Lis Wiehl knows all too well. She juggles her multifaceted career as a legal analyst and commentator for Fox News Channel with being a radio host and best-selling author in addition to the demands of being a single parent.

How does she do it all? Wiehl said mastering “the art of time management” requires an honest self-assessment, a focus on goals and a little bit of homework.

Do you have your hands full this summer? Wiehl offered this advice to help out with your juggling act:

• Know your goal: Before you can achieve your goals, you must identify them. If it helps to make a list, jot down what you hope to accomplish in the short-term and long-term, and post it somewhere handy.

• Know your strengths: Taking on projects that play upon your strengths can save you time and boost your morale. For example, if you want to try your hand at writing a novel, drawing upon your own experiences can make the process easier.

For instance, Wiehl’s most recent novel, “A Deadly Business,” is inspired by her life as a prosecutor working on high profile cases in the Violent Crimes unit while juggling the almost impossible demands of single parenthood.

• Know your weaknesses: Assess yourself honestly. If you are a terrible driver or navigator, don’t take on hobbies or responsibilities that require extra time behind the wheel.

• Prioritize: You can’t stop the pace of time. So instead of drowning in your to-do list, focus on what you really need and want to get done today. Once you can whittle your list to the necessities, it will seem much more manageable.

• Be self-aware: Listen to your mood and take on tasks that you can be most effective at completing.

“Some days, I simply cannot write a word of fiction,” said Wiehl. “I listen to that voice; I take the day off and do something else, and then I return to the creative part of writing with fresh eyes.”

• Be realistic: No one is perfect. As jugglers, the balls will not always stay up in the air. Don’t be hard on yourself when things slip. Your kids will understand too.

• Be honest: One of the most valuable lessons is learning how to say one of the hardest words in the English language: “No.” Saying, “thanks, but no thanks” to things you don’t really want to do will free up some of your most precious commodity, which is time.

• Do your homework: Whether you’re thinking of a new business idea or a new hobby, do your research. Gather facts. Armed with this information, you’ll be ready to make a decision and move forward.

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