Work work work! That’s what much of our culture strongly encourages us to do. Constantly striving for efficiency, making new goals and hitting them is always seen as good, while slacking off and living a life of leisure is often frowned upon by some.

At the same time, part of our being seems to want to rebel against this work ethic and secretly take things easy, preferably on a warm beach.

There are certain reasons to try and pursue both paths: working hard can allow you better opportunities to make more money so you can enjoy more leisure time, which can recharge your mental batteries to get back into the rat race.

So unless you’re independently wealthy, it’s important to try and find balance between these worlds.

Be the boss of your technology

Our phones, social media and emails are designed to keep our focus on a tiny screen. Though tech allows us to communicate globally, it can be distracting from our jobs and from our free time. Time management experts suggest limiting email checking to a few times each day, rather than being distracted whenever a new message comes in. At home, just put the work phone down.

Create a support system

Having people who can help you look for balance is valuable. This includes family who (nicely) remind you to take a break from work, and it could also be co-workers who remind you to go play sometimes, but also expect you to work hard at work.

Determine your ideal personal balance level, not someone else’s.

Everyone has different standards of how much work they need and how much they enjoy. While you might not mind working 50 hours a week if it’s a job you love, others may barely be able to put in 30 at a terrible job. Other people may look like they’re working hard all the time, but they might not want to go home.

While Value Capital Funding can’t give great advice on balancing work and home duties, it can provide smart investment opportunities which can pay off later in life.