Reality Check!

I told you this was coming- ha ha ! Ok, if you saw the announcement post then you are ready for this! If not then be prepared! This is the 1st post under Reality Check- and in case you did not read the announcement then let me tell you we will have a new post every week! In this segment  we will consider the other parts of our lives (you know taking a break from scrapbooking) Now, don’t get me wrong I love scrapbooking but I think in order to have a well rounded life it is essential to incorporate other parts of our lives – besides I think you would be surprised how liberating this can be. Everything in moderation!

 

BALANCING WORK AND FAMILY LIFE

Balancing work and family life is a constant challenge. When starting, building and/or running your business it is always important to find a way to achieve a balance in your life.  Coping with the demands of each role and nurturing each family member can be difficult.  When thinking about achieving work-life balance it’s important to take some time to sit back, reflect and ask yourself some questions.  For example, what are your goals in life?  Do you know what’s important to you?  What do you love to do and would like to do more of?  The way each individual chooses to balance work and family life will differ from person to person; however the importance of doing so is the same for everyone.  When you feel that you are giving the right amount of time and energy to your work, individual and family life, then you have achieved a good balance.  The following are some helpful tips to improving your work-life balance…

Time Management:

Good time management is one of our most valuable resources.  Individuals need to learn how to manage their time so that they can complete tasks and leave work on time.  Life balance means learning how to distribute your time and energy throughout several different areas in your life.  The following suggestions can help improve the use of your time:

  • Make a “to do” list and use a planner
  • Rank the things that need to be done first- in other words, prioritize tasks and activities and make sure everything on your list is necessary.
  • Break big tasks into smaller ones- this will make tasks seem less overwhelming and easier to tackle.
  • Don’t expect everything to be done perfectly
  • Delegate at work and at home.  Take tasks that are easier, take less time or are less urgent and delegate them (i.e. to children, spouse or coworkers).  Delegating makes you more efficient.
  • Teach your children and other family members to manage their time better.  If your family is organized, it will make it easier for you.
  • Once home, do two things at once (i.e. fold laundry while watching TV).

Transitioning From Work to Home:

Transitions are times of change.  Often during these times our bodies have made the transition, but our minds are left behind at the place we have come from.  The more time you have to make transitions, the easier they will be.

  • Learn to manage your time so that you have completed your tasks and can leave work when you are supposed to.
  • Learn to separate your personal and work lives.  Don’t take your personal life to work and don’t take your work home.  One thing that is always helpful is to change out of your work clothes as soon as you get home.  This will help put you in a more relaxed frame of mind.
  • Coordinate meal preparation and homework time.  This will give time to prepare a meal without feeling pressure to entertain the children.
  • Use your commuting time to relax.  Often work and home are so busy that your commuting time is your only chance to have time for yourself- take advantage of it without feeling guilty.

Build Routines:

It is very important to develop a routine within the home as well as for your regular jobs.  Do you find yourself stressed and pressured before the workday has even begun?  Do you find your workday is affected by what happens each morning at home as you try to get yourself and your family out the door?  The following are some tips for building routines and organizing your family:

  • Wake up before anyone else; time alone in the morning can be just what you need to prevent stress
  • Share morning tasks with other family members
  • Place all items you bring to work in one familiar place and prepare the night before- it’s a good idea to place near the front door your keys, briefcase, knapsacks and letters to be mailed.
  • Lay out your clothes out the night before or plan what you’re going to wear in your mind.
  • Prepare and freeze meals ahead of time.
  • Set the breakfast table the night before (a good chore for one of your children)

Establish Priorities And Plan For Fun:

Balancing work and family life is about making a commitment to not only your career and your family, but to yourself as well.  Ask yourself what it means for you to be successful…ask yourself “am I working to live, or am I living to work?”  The answer can help guide you to determine what you need to do to establish the priorities in your life.  Other tips on improving your priorities are:

  • Communicate with your family and coworkers.  Those individuals who have the biggest impact on your work-life balance must understand your needs.  It’s important for you to communicate with them about what is and isn’t working and then brainstorm on solutions to be implemented.
  • Think about what you want more of and plan to do it!  Regularly schedule time to do something for yourself.  If you don’t plan it, you most likely won’t do it.  Remember taking time for yourself will make you more successful at work.
  • Take the time to organize regular dates with your partner and with each of your children.  One on one time keeps relationships connected, meaningful and healthy.
  • Look at all of your commitments and ask yourself “are these all necessary and important?”  Even if you can take one off your list, that will free you up for something that is more important to you.

 

Learning how to balance work and family life is a never ending task.  Life situations are always changing and what is important to you must be reviewed on a regular basis.  Remember, you are a priority and making sure you achieve work-life balance will lead you to a happier and more stress free life.

 

I told you this was coming- ha ha ! Ok, if you saw the announcement post then you are ready for this! If not then be prepared! This is the 1st post under Reality Check- and in case you did not read the announcement then let me tell you we will have a new post every week! In this segment  we will consider the other parts of our lives (you know taking a break from scrapbooking) Now, don’t get me wrong I love scrapbooking but I think in order to have a well rounded life it is essential to incorporate other parts of our lives – besides I think you would be surprised how liberating this can be.

 

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