Balancing Work and Family: Here are 3 Tips
Looking to grow in your company without sacrificing family time? Here are 3 tips to help you achieve that goal.
As a mother, you have have the “privilege” of holding many titles. You might be the chef, housekeeper, chauffeur, and employee. But it takes a lot of work to manage these roles when everything is pulling for your attention. The truth is, there might be days where there is no such thing as balancing work and family. You might have a sick kid who needs all your attention. You might have a quarterly business review presentation that takes a lot of time to prepare for.
And that’s okay.
But it’s important to really maximize the time that you do get to spend with your family. Below I will share some simple tips that you can try to implement in your world of craziness!
Write down weekly work and family goals that are achievable.
I want you to write down a list of your priorities right now at this point in your life. Let’s say that your list consists of your children, spouse, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and growing in your career. Although everything on your list is important to you, each priority will take up a different amount of time in your day. Write down a reasonable amount of time you want spent towards each priority per day/week. Your list might look like this…
- 1 hour each day of quality time spent with your children
- At least 1 date night per week alone with your spouse
- Exercise at least 4 times per week
- Commit to spending 3 hours per day to productive work at your job – no distractions
Writing down your goals will help to keep you accountable and on track to balancing work and family. If you happen to miss a week, no worries. This is just to help you carve out more time for the things that matter most to you.
Put those kids to work!
Family time doesn’t have to mean sitting down and playing a game together or going on a walk. While those activities are great, it’s not always realistic that there is time to do those things. Instead, opt to designate one hour, twice per week to do chores around the house. Not only is it a great way to spend time together, but it is just one more thing to cross off your long to-do list. The more that you can cross off your to-do list, the more time you have to spend with your family.
And take it from me – a 21 year old clean freak.
Throughout my childhood, my mom gave my sisters and I chores to do around the house weekly. I was never paid to do it but I learned the value of contributing to a household. Looking back, I learned the importance of self-discipline and I would correlate that to my work-ethic today.
Draw a line between work and family.
With technology at your hand every second of the day, it is oftentimes difficult to switch off when the working day is over. Therefore, it is crucial to understand your boundaries and stick to them. Make it a goal to silence work-related notifications after the working day is over. You need time away from work to focus on your personal needs and to relieve work-related stress.
Now don’t forget, this line between work and home goes both ways. Make sure to silence your personal notifications at work so that there is a clear distinction between work and personal time. This will allow you to be more productive during working hours which can help you with that work-life balance that you’re seeking.
Click on the video down below to learn how to turn off email notifications on your phone coming from the Gmail app.
Need some inspiration?
Jane Frazier, the first woman to become CEO of a major Wall Street Bank, knows a thing or two about balancing work and family. In an interview with CNBC, Jane gave some great advice. “You can have it all, just not all at once,” stated Jane. If you want to hear more about Jane’s story, read this article.
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