Work Life Balance – How to balance Family and Work
The key to a happy life is to have a balanced life. It’s not easy to keep our energy equally divided among all the activities and responsibilities we have going on. Well my friend, that is the biggest challenge we all encounter in our life journey. Life is a juggling act; And even some of the most successful people out there still struggle to rise from this challenge. I will tell you it does not come with out difficult moments to endure, but it can be done.
Now, there are many aspects of work life balance that we must keep in perspective. Providing for our family is a must, so for those of you who have a spouse, partner and/or children this one is for you.
Work Life Balance Tip 1: Compromise And Prioritize
There are several things we can do to achieve a strong work life balance without having to compromise to much of one or the other. Yes, you read right, compromise is a very important factor in this juggling act. Engrave that word somewhere in your mind. The truth of the matter is, there will be times that you will not be able to make that business trip, or attend a little league baseball game. And that is okay! It will not be the end of the world!
You will just need to prioritize your activities every single day. We must choose our priorities. What’s more important at the moment, attending your sick child or going to work? Missing one of his/her games or go to that business trip?
Work Life Balance Tip 2: Ask For Help And Accept It
Most of us want to be the “super mom” or “super dad” but the reality is we can’t do it on our own. Those helping hands, as much as we may want to do it all on our own, can come in handy and provide some relief. Help can come from friends or family members in forms of babysitting, picking up the kids from school or dropping them off at a game. If the work permits maybe we can rearrange our start and end times or making a work from home arrangement on some days.
Work Life Balance Tip 3: Dating and Mini Vacations
For those of you that don’t’ have children, the challenge could be spending enough quality time with your spouse or partner. Your spouse or partner may feel neglected because you are spending to much time at work and by the time you get home you are burnt out. Again, it’s all about compromising and prioritizing. Put aside time in your calendar for you and your partner. Yes the good old saying about going on dates is still as effective even if you have been married for a long time. Take mini vacations, this doesn’t mean you have to go far away, but some where away from home duties so that you can rekindle that connection with your spouse and at the same time reenergized to tackle your responsibilities back home.
Work Life Balance Tip 4: Communicate
The one biggest thing we tend to neglect is communication. We need to communicate with our family and with our coworkers. When we are stressed we tend to keep things inside, however when people know what is going on they tend to be more understanding. If you don’t ask your family for help with babysitting they will assume you don’t need help. If you don’t tell your boss you have family responsibilities they will assume you are available every time they call. For the most part employers understand the importance of family and they will be more flexible if they know what’s going on.
Lets recap the main points we discussed
- Compromise, learn to give in sometimes even if you may not like the task on hand
- Prioritize, choose what’s most important at the time
- Communicate, let others know you are struggling with a task that you need help
- Accept the help around you, we are no super hero, we are human and we need all the help we can get even though we don’t want it deep down inside
- Spend time away from work with your family and schedule activities away from home so that you can accommodate your wok schedule around it
There you have it! If we do these things life will be much easier to handle. We have to remember this, family is the most important thing we have. A job comes and goes, but our family our kids are forever. Kids will only be kids for a few years. Sure, it may seem like a long time but soon you will be saying “I can’t believe he’s going to college! I remember like it was yesterday when he was 7!” And soon you will be wondering where did time go. The most important years of a child are his primary years. That’s when they need us the most. So let’s focus on providing a happy balanced life, not just for you, but for that beautiful angel you created to be part of this world while at the same time without leaving behind our career goals! Certainly, it could take us longer but will get there sooner or later but most importantly will get there happier!
As for me, it’s time to have some fun outside with the kids! See you later!
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