How I can balance work and personal life? originally appeared on Quora - the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.

Answer by Mark Gould, COO of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, on Quora:

There's no magic formula to this, as much as I'd like to say there is. I'll offer a few tips that I've tried to implement in my own career, both from doing things the right way and the wrong way:

  1. Take your vacation. I know a lot of people who wear it as a badge of honor that they are "too busy to take vacation". You're only hurting yourself if you do this, as I am a firm believer that time away will make you more productive when you get back. Also, keep in mind that your vacation gives your team a vacation from you also, and they will learn to be more self-sufficient while you're gone.
  2. Disconnect from work. This goes hand in hand with the first item; what good is vacation if you're just working from somewhere else? Your mind needs time to relax and focus on other things, and your friends and family will appreciate you not checking your e-mail every five minutes.
  3. Learn what it means to actually delegate. You will not be able to accomplish the first two items unless you tackle this. You don't need to do everything yourself, or be everywhere at once. It's empowering to your team for them to believe that you trust them. I tell my team directly - "you have the ball", and I trust them to make good decisions.

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