Jon Stewart leaves the Daily Show, underscores importance of family time

Jon Stewart shocked Daily Show audience members this week when he announced news of his departure after 17 years, but he also reminded his fans of something very important. In talking about what's ahead, he said, "I'm gonna have dinner, on a school night, with my family... who, I have heard from multiple sources, are lovely people."

The Work/Life Balance Struggle

Not everyone has the hectic life of a TV and movie celebrity, but many of us still struggle to balance work and family commitments. The University of Maine Extension points out that half of families have both partners working, which means that both men and women struggle to spend quality time with their families while still maintaining their employment.

Fortunately, more people are recognizing the importance of finding a happy medium in the work-life balance spectrum. There are many strategies to help you maintain your job while still honoring your family commitments. Check out these tips for managing your time more effectively in business. When you're more productive on the job, you don't have to work late and are less likely to bring home work stress that can distract you during family time.

Once you get work under control, schedule time with your family and place as much importance on those "appointments" as you do on business meetings. If your children have activities on certain nights of the week, block out those nights on your calendar and make that time non-negotiable for work. Commit to spending a certain amount of time with your kids and spouse each week. Turn off your cell phone so you're fully present. Modern technology makes it too easy for work to intrude on free time unless you prevent it.

Use Exercise to Burn Off Stress

If you feel stressed out by trying to maintain the work/family balance, use stress management techniques. One of the best ways to handle the situation is with exercise. A study by researchers at St. Leo University in Florida found that moderate exercise helped participants do better at handling home conflicts. According to study author Russell Clayton, "If...you go for a two-mile jog or walk 10 flights of steps at work and feel good about yourself for doing that, it will translate and carry over into other areas of life."

If your struggles to maintain a balanced life are more than you can handle, find a therapist to help with the process. You can do individual sessions or couples counseling if you think that involving your partner will help.