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I've become very used to managing my time accordingly because of three things that I've learned to do over the years: 1. I never double book meetings. 2. I draw boundaries as to when there is family time. 3. I drive my email queue to zero at least once every two weeks. I've been doing those things for a long time now, and if I can manage them it allows me to factor in sleep pretty well.

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I've become very used to managing my time accordingly because of three things that I've learned to do over the years: 1. I never double book meetings. 2. I draw boundaries as to when there is family time. 3. I drive my email queue to zero at least once every two weeks. I've been doing those things for a long time now, and if I can manage them it allows me to factor in sleep pretty well.
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WLB is the most important consideration personally for me. It's about making small adjustments and setting the priorities straight. Managing WLB for myself and my team is my top priority.  
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Free vacation days and 1 day in the office bi weekly
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I block time in my calendar for personal things, and mark it as either “busy” or “out of office”. This allows me for far greater flexibility than the traditional 9 to 5. I give priority to my family much more than what I used to. 
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Better management of my time and having specific "time off" during the week where I am fully detached from work (for a few hours) to spend time with family. Setting up "do not disturb" time on the phone and turning off email notifications during the weekend. I still check my emails during the off-time but it's at my pace vs checking them every time the phone buzz. I leave my phone home when I go out to play with my kids or put it away when we have family/friends time or visitors.
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This is something really enabled by working from home but I've split my working schedule to mornings and evenings (rather than 9-5). This has worked remarkably well for letting me focus the time worked on when it'd be most necessary (in our case, when our incoming incident detections are highest) while not sitting around "working" when not much is going on. Additionally it makes it easier to focus when offline for hours where non-urgent pings come up. For the life part of this balance it's made childcare constraints easier to accomodate for my wife and I since I've freed up afternoons for that, while working after they are asleep. This also frees up the time for errands and such
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Also to spark a bit of discussion; I actually extended my hours a bit, but with a hole in the middle. Just to clarify; I start working really early in the morning when the family is still asleep.  This gives me some time to really focus on my inbox or any planned tasks that do not need a lot of interaction with others.  The remainder of the morning is for meetings and calls, after which I call it a day, typically around 2 pm. Afternoon, and Dinner time are for my family, and then after dinner another small round of e-mail catchup.      Net/Net; the number of hours I spend at work did not really reduce, but the time of day dedicated to family works much better in our specific schedule.
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Luckily, with our hybrid work situation and summer Fridays, its a bit easier now to make sure family time has a prominent place in my schedule. Outside of summer, I make sure I take liberal vacation and personal day time throughout the year, and also am more selective with booking meetings during peak family time events
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Work-life balance while working remotely or work from home, one might think that working remotely would make it easier to achieve work-life balance. However, remote work presents its own challenges.  1. I plan ahead to combine work activities with leisure, social, or fitness activities.  2. I set blocks of time for different tasks. 3. I end work at a certain time. 4. Even I am working from home, I go out for lunch with co-workers one in a month at least. 5. I take time off monthly 6. I communicate with my manager If poor work-life balance
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It is all about structure and setting the time slots that are not movable on both sides. It is work life "choice" and not balance. You make the choices that are best for you.
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With few exceptions, I maintain "office hours" while working mostly from the home office.  I've been working remotely for many, many years now and up until recently, I absolutely did fall into the typical rut of over working, mostly due to my own insecurities regarding contributions, while working from home.  I don't know, maybe it's just something that I suffered, but I always felt guilty about putting in a regular day while working from the home office....  I've gotten past that now.  It's not to say that I don't spend any time working outside of normal business hours, this can not be avoided in the type of role I have, however that is not the exception rather than the rule.
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From the company's perspective we have reduced working hours from 45 hours a week to 35 hours a week with a flexi time program meaning you can fill these hours as you please. 10% can be working from home. On the personal level I just stopped reading my emails and running processes after working hours and in the weeekends unless it's an emergency. That time is dedicated to my family.
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For the daily grind, when I feel I need a break I take a break.  Could last 5 minutes or 2 hours.  Might take a walk to nowhere , text a friend, or look up lyrics to a song I never understood.  Simple but reminds me that Im in charge of my life and happiness.  When done I get back at it and I no longer crave that break to nowhere.
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Working from office most of the time and doing more in person discussions this is helping to avoid extra work timings when at home and having close bonding with team members. Focusing on health with daily walk and not using lifts and using staircase daily.  Talking small breaks of 10 min in office every 2 hours. Avoiding work during weekends except critical situations. Spending most of the time with family on weekends. Planning my meetings well in advance and using time management to the fullest. Spending time on cell phone for few minutes during work hours to get stress free
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I've stopped responding to non-urgent emails after work hours. Not only has this improved my own balance, but it sets the right tone for my team and by extension has improved their balance as well.
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