Tips for Work-Life Balance During the Holidays

The past week, I don’t think I passed one evening without spending at least a few minutes working on my Thanksgiving spreadsheet. I’m constantly updating the grocery lists, timetables, cleaning schedules, and more, with the hope that all this advanced planning will allow me to spend the day enjoying life with family and friends.

Because as much as the holidays are all about rushing around, they are also a great time to reflect upon and appreciate what really matters in life. And just in the nick of time, there’s a new book out there to help you do just that. Written by two real estate professionals and one CPA (all three of whom are sisters), the book explores their attempts to refocus on life after the recession.

7F Words for Living a Balanced Life contains plenty of first-hand recollections from each of the sisters about how they take time to make sure each of their days addresses the seven Fs: focus, faith, freedom, family, finance, fitness, and fun. The book is packed with actionable advice on how to bring the 7F Words to life. Below, I’ve chosen one tip per word, to get you started this holiday weekend.

  • Focus: Make sure your goals are SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound).
  • Faith: Jot down five things that you’re thankful for every day. Be sure to save them somewhere (digitally or in a physical journal) so that you can go back to them from time to time.
  • Freedom: Give yourself permission to say “no” to commitments that don’t fit your plan.
  • Family: Make a list of your “significant seven”; the people who matter most in your life. Ask yourself: Are you giving a fair share of your time and energy to these seven people?
  • Finance: Figure out what you’re earning hourly by taking your net annual income and dividing it by 2,000. It will give you a new perspective on spending when you know how many hours of work it takes to make enough to buy those cute shoes.
  • Fitness: Block your daily exercise routine out in your planner or calendar, just like any other appointment. That will make it harder to skip.
  • Fun: Stop feeling guilty for having fun by figuring out ways to inject fun into being productive.

Do you have your own tricks for maintaining balance in your life? Share them in the comment section below!

Meg White

Meg White is the managing editor for REALTOR® Magazine and administrator of the magazine's Weekly Book Scan blog. Contact her at mwhite[at]

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  1. I read the book. In fact, I helped the Certified Sisters with the prepress and final assembly. I “had” read. And, as I did, I started seeing similarities in the chapters. By the time I was done, I was, well.. Done, but, it never stops. Each day you have a “checklist”, so each day is new.

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