Whether choosing to be a working parent out of financial or personal need, at some point all working parents will face the “work-life balance” problem. We won’t lie, it’s a stressful one. But, with a few tips and a little patience, you can find yourself in a fruitful career and a happy home life.
Set Working Hours – Whether you work at home or an office, set your working hours and regularly stick with them. Studies show that when your work hours are less flexible, you are more efficient and productive during those working hours. Your time is important, and your time is valuable. When you treat it as such, you set yourself up to have a flourishing career and home life.
It’s OKAY to Say No – One of the main reasons working moms feel stretched is… because they are. There is an expectation to say YES to most everything you are asked to do, and before you know it, you are over committed and over stressed. Before taking on any additional commitments, politely ask for a day to think it over before giving your answer. This will give you to time to evaluate (or re-evaluate) your current commitments and see if this is something you have time for, or even WANT to do. If it doesn’t fit with your current commitments, then decline.
Make Appointments for Family Activities – Instead of saying “We should go to the park on Saturday,” add it to your calendar. Not only is this a visible reminder of a fun Saturday in the park, it will keep you from booking anything else for that time. If you like to make appointments for work meetings, doctor’s appointments, why should this be any different?
Make Appointments for ME Time – As a working parent, you spend your day taking care of everything and everyone else. When you’re lax on taking care of yourself, it shows in all your activities. Find time to do something that makes you happy, that’s only for you; your favorite workout class, a nice bath, the book you’ve been wanting to read for so long. If it gives you fulfillment, you’ll feel refreshed, de-stressed, and ready to take on your other commitments.
Ask for Help – Sometimes, even with the best of intentions, we can fall a little short. Remember, that if you feel like you need help, just ask for it! It’s as simple as that. Help doesn’t have to come by way of delegating tasks. Just getting the insight of others regarding a problem you’ve been facing may be the jumpstart that you need to be successful.
Don’t Pressure Yourself – Take a breath and realize that not everything will be perfect, but everything will be okay.Leave a reply →