You get up in the morning take a shower and dress in fifteen minutes. Then you spend an hour getting the kids ready for school. Finally, you wave goodbye to the kids and rush to work. Once you get home, you have to make sure that the kids are fed and bathed, read them a story and put them to bed. You end your day by either sitting on the couch and watching tv or doing some housework or even work that was not done at work. You’re officially exhausted, stressed out and on the verge of burning out. Doesn’t sound like much fun, does it?
Balancing home and work and still finding the time and energy to enjoy your life is a difficult task. Here are some tips to help you to get on track when trying to create a balance of work and family.
Getting Out of the House in the Morning
- Sleep Earlier- Going to bed 15 minutes to half an hour earlier, will do wonders to help you get the rest that you need so that you can feel refreshed and revitalized in the morning.
- Get Yourself Organized- Knowing where your bag, keys, wallet, shoes and anything else that you may need are, will not only help you in finding a work and home balance, but will save you time and cause you less stress as well.
- Get the Kids Organized- Make sure that their school bags are packed and ready to go. If they take lunch money to school, put it in their bag from the night before. If they take lunch, you should prepare it the night before.
- Call for Help- If you have a spouse or live with someone else, ask them to chip in with getting the kids ready. Maybe they can help to feed or dress the kids. If the kids are old enough, let them dress themselves and take care of breakfast. After all, you’re not super woman.
So Now You’re Going Home. Now What?
- The Commute- If you’re on the train, make some time to read, listen to music or plan the rest of your week. Take this time to think about balancing home and work, relax and sort out your thoughts. Chances are that this will be the only time that you can take for yourself all day so use the time wisely.
- Connect- Sit the family down for dinner and talk. This is the perfect time to catch up with your family and find out what they’ve done all day so turn off the tv and take the time to listen.
- Call for Help Part 2- Get everyone to help clean up and get organized for the next day.
- Enjoy- Spend some quality alone time with each one of your family members. This time doesn’t have to be an hour or so- it can simply be 15 minutes, which isn’t a lot, but they’ll know that they had you all to themselves for a little while.
I hope that these tips on how to balance work and family work out for you. As for me, I’m going to give finding a balance in life a try—right after I find my bag and favorite shoes.