When it comes to working hard, you need to focus. We all know this. We know when we’re productive, and when we’re not. But overall, doing well in a career isn’t simply the decision you make in that moment to work hard. The ability to apply yourself is dictated by a range of different circumstances, some of them at the workplace, but most of them in your personal life. Your work life is unlikely to impede your personal life unless you have an insane amount of working hours such as a Doctor or Lawyer or even Chef, or if you’re being stretched to the limit. In other words, mostly work life impeding home life is a matter of burnout, or social conflict which could and should be directed to HR as soon as possible. This isn’t to say that this cannot happen, but work affecting home life is less likely than the alternative.

Boy, the alternative. Your personal life can really impede your professional development and general candor at work if you’re not careful to resolve or prevent those problems from occurring. If you’re struggling to achieve this, consider our advice:


We’re all familiar with how relationships can be rocky, and change status quite often. Of course, this isn’t a post about relationship advice, so we’re not here to assess if you’re in a toxic coupling or not. That is for you to decide. However, if you find that it is sufficiently chaotic to affect your work, that your other half might introduce themselves unannounced during the day, or that you find yourself unable to focus or take care of overtime because they are worried about where you after the office finishes, you should consider how your relationship might be affecting your work and take solid action to resolve it.

It might also be that you are entering a new form of relationship category, which can happen if marrying or becoming pregnant, and sometimes both! In these instances, being forthright with your boss and lessening your working requirements until the most pressing life events are dealt with can be instructive to you as someone trying to better themselves.

Financial Stability

Financial stability is something you should care for. If you’re not budgeting your monthly pay dates correctly, it can often be that for the last week of the month, you are without the proper funding to live your life sufficiently. Most people live paycheck to paycheck, so a little extra planning could truly help you. It could be that your financial stability is impeded by potential worries stemming from your home, and reading this Lemonade insurance review might help you gain peace of mind from covering your valuables. Financial stability truly matters, so be sure to take care of it as you can.


Take care of your health. Treat yourself as if you were someone you cared deeply about. Get enough sleep, eat well, and drink plenty of water. Exercise and meditate. You are the main asset in your career, and you deserve to treat yourself as such.

With these efforts, your personal life is sure to only inform, not detract from your career.

Aggie Aviso

Aggie Aviso describes herself as her family’s storyteller and memory keeper. A mom to two kids ages 14 and 8, she is certainly past the age of sleepless nights and adorable pigtails. However, motherhood stays exciting, more meaningful and yes, more challenging. She takes it all in stride, knowing fully well that moments pass by in a blink of an eye. As Gretchen Rubin famously said, “The days are long, but the years are short.” She has discovered how wonderful it is to have those fleeting moments in time documented in their family books and has made it her personal mission and passion to be able to tell their stories for her future grandkids. You can read more about her here.. Subscribe to blog updates and the occasional letter here.