Balancing Work and Family Life

Balancing Work and Family Life

For many of us, balancing work and family life is a constant struggle. Whether you work full time or part time, the hands on the clock seem to be never on our side particularly with the endless amount of household chores, the ferrying of children and the deadlines we have at our workplace.

Here are some great tips to help you find the balance you need.

Let some things go

It is important to remember that you cannot do it all – not every day and not all at once. So let some things go and find some space in your schedule to relax. Aiming for a clean house before you go to bed should be low on your list unless you are aiming for a nervous breakdown. Leave the washing pile for an extra day and spend the time hanging out with the family or playing a board game. Chances are you won’t regret the decision.

Delegate to others

Again you can’t do it all by yourself so share the tasks with others. This goes for the household chores as well as some of the tasks at work. If you need to share the duties with your partner for a more even balance or hire a housekeeper, then do it. If you need to outsource your bookkeeping or administration, go for it! There is no point being stressed every day and letting important things fall by the wayside. Maintain the focus on the main aspects and let the smaller things be done by others if at all possible.

Leave space for “me” time

Whether it is a yoga class, a manicure or an evening spent watching your favourite movies and drinking wine or catching up with friends, finding time for yourself is as equally as important as spending time with your family or working. If you are constantly rushing around, then you do no one any favours at all. You need to have some quiet time or a social life of your own to feel that you are not dedicating every hour of the day to someone else.

Separate your time

You will not be able to find peace with your schedule if you are constantly being interrupted by your family when you are trying to work or working when you want to hang out with your family or friends. Work out your schedule so you can give 100% of your attention to your work or your family at any given moments. Boundaries are important to ensure you are performing your absolute best.

Know that interruptions will occur

While it will impact on your family time or your work hours, understanding, and more importantly, accepting that you will not get it right all of the time is important. You cannot avoid the kids being sick or important projects at work so you may need additional help or support during these times. There is no one size fits all approach so you will have to find a workaround during these periods.

The conflict between work life and family life and the feeling of guilt and stress which accompanies trying to find the balance will still occur. However, hopefully, the above tips will help minimise these stressors and give you enough time to make the most of your waking hours. As daunting as it may be, you need to allow yourself time to let things go in lieu of other tasks for peace of mind.

Remember that if you need help, all you need to do is ask.

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