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Striking a balance between your career goals and home life can be a struggle. After all, you know you have to hustle if you want to be successful in the workplace.

And while were all required to make sacrifices for the sake of our work at timessuch as putting important deadlines or business commitment first on occasiondoing it too often can take its toll.

Burning the midnight oil and working around the clock can lead to overwhelm and burnout, which can end up compromising your work success in addition to straining your home life and relationships.

Thats whyevery thriving businessman or woman knows that, in order to feel fulfilled and be truly happy, you need to make work-life balance a priority. To help you find the perfect middle ground in 2020, here are 100 of the best work-life balance tipsthat will help you find happiness in your career and home lifewithout feeling overworked or burned out.

Best Work-Life Balance Tips

1. As a business owner, its tricky not to focus on work 24/7. Since I know this about myself, I find if I blockmy calendar off for personal time, it reminds me to take the time for the balance. Chelsea Gladden, Founder of Everything Branding

2. Create a village to help support you whether that be a partner, family, friends, nannies, team members and more. Amy Nelson, founder and CEO, The Riveter

3. Work is just a part of our life, not vice versa.Vikrm

4. Life is not about how fast you run or how high you climb, but how well you bounce. Vivian Komori

5. Its all about quality of life and finding a happy balance between work and friends and family. Philip Green

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6. You have to balance your passions, not your time. Lisa Sugar

7. Dont schedule drinks and dinner for every night of the week! Its easy to get into the habit of extending work into after hours events and I found that its really important to disconnect, rate a healthy meal with your family, and unwind. Lo Bosworth, Founder and CEO of Love Wellness

8. Create a business around your lifestyle, not a lifestyle around your business. You dont have to sacrifice being an invested wife and mother for being a savvy, successful business leader. Those are not mutually exclusive. Determine what your business looks like based on the quality of life you desire. Not the reverse. You dont have to alter your lifestyle to fit your business. In fact, when you lead with quality of life, your business is built on a much stronger foundation. Heather Adams, founder of Choice Media & Communications

9. Work life balance isnt just about having a life outside of work; its also about learning to manage the mental energy and emotion we invest into our jobs, even while in the office. This is why I share with everyone joining our organization during their onboarding that its about a sustainable work life blend instead of balance. To me, balance means two opposing sidesa blend in my view is the better way to incorporate your career to your life. Matt Burns, head of US Customer Success, Monday.com

10. In the age of constant technology, especially with a lot of my business being on my phone talking to clients and marketing on social media, I try to plan my time when I am on Instagram each day. Whether I carve out an hour in the morning or at night, I find thatgiving myself a window to work within maximizes my time on the phone, which allows me to be really present for other areas of work and lifewhen I need to be. Amanda Davis,founder of The Home Revival

11.You will never feel truly satisfied by work until you are satisfied by life. Heather Schuck

12. Dont confuse having a career with having a life. Hillary Clinton

13. You dont have to make yourself miserable to be successful. Andrew Wilkinson

14. Work, love, and play are the great balance wheels of mans being. Orison Swett Marden

15. We have overstretched our personal boundaries and forgotten that true happiness comes from living an authentic life fueled with a sense of purpose and balance. Dr. Kathleen Hall

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16. You will never find time for anything. If you want time, you must make it. Charles Buxton

I always find it important to take frequent breaks at work. Even if its just a five-minute walk around the office or a stroll down to the beach, taking a step back usually makes me feel more recharged and keeps me focused on the task at hand when I return. I encourage my team members to take time to clear their heads throughout the day, as well, so that we can all bring our best selves to work. We at Sand Cloud believe in working smarter, not harder. Brandon Liebel, co-founder of Sand Cloud

17. Always take some of the play, fun, freedom, and wonder of the weekend into your week and your work. Rasheed Ogunlaru

18. Most people chase success at work, thinking that will make them happy. The truth is that happiness at work will make you successful. Alexander Kjerulf

19. We need to do a better job of putting ourselves higher on our own to-do list. Michelle Obama

20. Never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life. Dolly Parton

21. I prefer the term integration rather than work-life balance. For example, my kids join me in community service events, activities at work, etc., exposing them to a broader world thats important to me and we spend quality time giving back or learning together. Its important to understand that the amount of time you spend at work versus on the personal side will ebb and flow depending on the stage of lifeyou are in and you must communicate your expectations and changes as they arise. Time is precious, and when you are with your friends and family its important to be fully present. One trick I employ is after my 30-minute commute home: I park in the garage and do one last look at my email and voicemail and respond to any critical items while still in the garage. Then, once I enter the house, work is left behind and I am fully present for the night. Melanie Cook, Chief Operating Officer, GE Appliances

22. Earn a living doing things that suit you. Find things that you are interested in, even passionate about and investigate possible ways to monetize them. Jennifer Ritchie Payette

23. When I think about work-life balance, I dont imagine it as a perfect day where I got to spend the exact right amount of time having an impact at work and snuggling with my kids at home. I never achieve that. But over the course of a month, or a quarter, or a year, I try to make time for the people and experiences I value. Jane Park

24. I have learned that you cnt have everything and do everything at the same time. Oprah Winfrey

25. You cant do a good job if your job is all you do. Katie Thurmes

We think, mistakenly, that success is the result of the amount of time we put in at work, instead of the quality of time we put in. Arianna Huffington

26. Trying to do it all and expecting that it all can be done exactly right is a recipe for disappointment. Perfection is the enemy. Sheryl Sandberg

27. Balance is not better time management, but better boundary management. Balance means making choices and enjoying those choices. Betsy Jacobson

28. Burnout is about resentment. Preventing it is about knowing yourself well enough to know what it is youre giving up that makes you resentful. Marissa Mayer

29.I think taking vacations and turning off the phone and only doing emails or social media for a specific short amount of time helps with work-life balance. If Im checking it all day I start to feel cuckoo-bird. So I just do it once or twice a day instead of a thousand. And then remembering that it doesnt matter. It just doesnt matter. Maria Bamford

30. Striving for excellence motivates you. Striving for perfection is demoralizing. Harriet Braiker

31. For fast-acting relief, try slowing down. Lily Tomlin

32. When in doubt, choose the kids. There will be plenty of time later to choose work. Anna Quindlen

33. No matter how busy you are, or how busy you think you are, the work will always be there tomorrow, but your friends might not be. Unknown

34. It is better to rise from life as from a banquetneither thirsty nor drunken. Aristotle

35. Dont take things too seriously. I would never devalue the importance of your business, but its not worth sacrificing your life for. Ben Yoskovitz

36. Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you. Carl Sandburg

37. We have overstretched our personal boundaries and forgotten that true happiness comes from living an authentic life fueled with a sense of purpose and balance. Dr. Kathleen Hall

38. Life will always get busy, make time to do the things you love. Lailah Gifty Akita

39. Celebrate the small moments more. As a startup team, my employees work so hard everyday and have to wear many hats. I appreciate them so much and we always celebrate the big wins together, so in 2020 I want to incorporate more day-to-day recognition to start off the new decade of growth on a positive note. Danh Tran, founder of Buttercloth

40. When youre gone, would you rather have your gravestone say, He never missed a meeting, or one that said, He was a great father? Steve Blank

41. Work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. The other four ballsfamily, health, friends, integrityare made of glass. If you drop one of these, it will be irrevocably scuffed, nicked, perhaps even shattered. Gary Keller

42. Theres no such thing as work-life balance. There are work-life choices, and you make them, and they have consequences. Jack Welch

43. Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent and not enough time on what is important. Stephen R. Covey

44. Your children get only one childhood. Make it memorable. Regina Brett

45. Minimize email and work after hours and on the weekends. Devices like the Light Phonewhich is a mobile phone that offers people access to only calls and textsare great for making sure you can reach someone in an emergency. And this way, you wont be tempted to check your email yet again. Matt Burns, head of US Customer Success, Monday.com

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46. The key is in not spending time, but in investing it. Stephen R. Covey

47. Time is really the only capital that any human being has, and the only thing he cant afford to lose. Thomas Edison

48. I had once heard the quote, The bad news is time flies. The good news is youre the pilot. And I always think about this when I get busy or overwhelmed. It is empowering that I am the only one in my life that is in charge of my time and how I invest it. Sara Rose Kennedy, co-founder of PuraPhy.com

49. Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm, and harmony. Thomas Merton

50. To go beyond is as wrong as to fall short. Confucius

51. Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving. Albert Einstein

52. You cant truly be considered successful in your business life if your home life is in shambles. Zig Ziglar

53. Embrace the positive and take control of your own happiness, from the home to the office. Planning helps me map out and prioritize my goals so I can do things with intention and tend to both personal and career needs. Work hard but be sure to create time and space in your schedule for you! Each week, the very first thing I add in my planner is date night with my husband and creative time for me. If something is important to you, make the time in your schedule for it. Dont think you have enough time? Ask yourself this, when was the last time you binge watched anything? Or aimlessly scrolled through Instagram? You have the time. Spend it wisely. Stephanie Fleming, co-found of The Happy Planner

54. No one on his deathbed ever said, I wish I had spent more time at the office. Rabbi Harold Kushner

55. Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable. Sydney J. Harris

56. Running a remote team gives us all the freedom to work from where we please. Given the nature of our website, many of Upgraded Points employees work from all corners of the globe, mixing work and pleasure in every destination.This includes myself. I often find myself using points to take my family on trips to visit family around the world. Since my work schedule is fluid, we can take these trips frequently and I can work during downtime.This has made maintaining work/life balance easierand its all possible because I can work on the road and book the travel with points and miles. Alex Miller, founder and CEO of UpgradedPoints.com

57, Children learn to smile from their parents. Shinichi Suzuki

58. The bad news is time flies. The good news is youre the pilot. Michael Altshuler

59.A career is wonderful, but you cant curl up with it on a cold night. Marilyn Monroe

60. You cant have everything you want, but you can have the things that matter to you. Marissa Mayer

61. Life is a balance of holding on and letting go. Rumi

62. Im not sure about complete balance. I think thats an enlightened stage of life. For normal folks, balance really means counterbalance. Notice when life gets out of whack for you and correct it. Unknown

63. To have someone who never makes a mistake, never finds her personal life in disarray, never worries about work-life balance? I think that would be unreal. Sophie Kinsella

64. Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

65. Like myself, many of my clients runtheir own businesses and/or work from home. Whilethis gives us control of our own time and space, it often leads to what I callwork bleed; when our businesses bleed too deeply into our personal lives. I love that I can work on my laptop poolside or in a restaurant. But I find the best way toavoid work from consuming my personal life is to draw a hard physical line between home and dedicated workspaces. For example, I no longer bring tile and fabric samples home from the office. Its a slippery slope before I have a whole project lying around my living room. If I create a home office for a client, I make sure to add a lounge chair or comfy sofa. This prevents them from bringing the laptop onto the family room sofa, a sure gateway to work bleed. These measures might seem a bit extreme, but justbecause we can work anywhere and anytime we want doesnt mean we should. Alexandra Rae,founder of Alexandra Rae Interior Design

66. There is an art to clearing away the clutter and focusing on what matters most it just requires the courage to take a different approach. George Anders

67. May you find the balance of lifetime for work but also time for play. Too much of one thing ends up creating stress that no one needs in their life. Catherine Pulsifer

68. I get asked about work-life balance all the time. And my view is, thats a debilitating phrase because it implies theres a strict trade-off. Jeff Bezos

69. Invest in your work life balance. Time with friends and family is as important as time at work. Getting that out of balance is a path toward unhappiness. Stephen Gillet

70. I wish I had not been in a hurry to get on to the next things: dinner, bath, book, bed. I wish I had treasured the doing a little more and the getting it done a little less.Anna Quindlen

71. As a working parent, you quickly learn you cant do everything and be everywhere. Its important to decide together what is most important to you and your family.I emphasize the second part because one thing I missed early on was assuming what I thought mattered to my kids were the things that really mattered. I used to feel guilty about not attending all of the banquet-type events such as holiday or sports celebrations at their schools. But after I shared this with my husband and my children, I learned there were other events that mattered to them more like field trips and baseball games. I still strive to make all of the events I can, but I protect my time for the events they see as cannot miss with a huge sense of relief for those I have to pass up.Lisa Safarian, President, Crop Science North America, Bayer

72. Either you run the day, or the day runs you. Jim Rohn

73. Be steady and well-ordered in your life so that you can be fierce and original in your work. Gustave Flaubert

74. Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value. Albert Einstein

75. Do less, be more. Elizabeth Grace Saunders

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76. The key is not to prioritize whats on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities. Stephen Covey

77. Failure of your company is not failure in life. Failure in your relationship is. Ev Williams

78. If you want to change the world, go home and love your family. Mother Teresa

79. Schedule a night out, either with friends or solo, a week in advance, so that you can plan around work deadlines. Then, keep those commitments.Matt Burns, head of US Customer Success, Monday.com

80. A time for everything: A time to relax and a time to be busy, a time to frolic and a time to labor, a time to receive and a time to give, a time to begin and a time to finish. Jonathan Lockwood Huie

81. Changing my morning routine, and being intentional about how I spend those few moments right after I wake up, changed how I approach balancing work and life, and ultimately how I approach finding peace in my life. The Miracle Morning, a book by Hal Elrod, sparked this interest and helped me navigate how to practice productivity in the morning. The bottom line is, how you set yourself up in the morning determines how much energy youll have in the rest of the daymy morning routine is a process, but by implementing what Im learning in this book, Im one morning closer to an overall more peaceful and productive life. Nancy Charbonneau, founder of Charbonneau Interiors.

82. Framing the issue of work life balanceas if the two were dramatically opposedpractically ensures work will lose out. Who would ever choose work over life? Sheryl Sandberg

83. There is no such thing as work-life balance. Everything worth fighting for unbalances your life. Alain de Botton

84. One of the most important time management tasks I have learned is to set work hours to where I get my tasks accomplished. I try to stick by those times so that I am not working at every hour, and I have time to disconnect when needed. In addition, organizing my mailbox into folders and making sure I go through it has been the life-saver of keeping me on task when managing so many different projects! Sara Rose Kennedy, co-founder of PuraPhy.com

85. Allow the goals that speak to your heart to guide you in your decisions. Richie Norton

86. Dont feel bad about using some of your paid/unpaid time offyou deserve it! According to a study from Celebrity Cruises calledPerceptions of PTO,nearly 50 percent of the 750 surveyed employees said they left paid vacation days unused. For a happier work-life balance, dont be one of them!

87. If you get PTO, make sure to use it. Its so easy to let it slip by, but taking your vacations is one of the best actions you can take for your mental health. Matt Burns, head of US Customer Success, Monday.com

88. Forget work-life balance. Do the thing you want and create systems to support that. Perfectly imbalanced in the direction you want to go is perfectly acceptable. Richie Norton

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