How do you balance 40+ hours a work week while handling family responsibilities, social obligations, and more? Some days the stars align and it all works out. Other days, you’re struggling to make deadlines meet while fitting in family time. It ends up being a big mystery. Instead of allowing both your work and personal life to suffer, or getting burned out from trying to make the impossible possible, strategize your approach to make the most of your time. Get started on balancing your career with your personal life by incorporating these four tips.
Feel as though you’re being pulled in 100 different directions at once? Alas, there's only one of you and only 24 hours in a day to get things done. Accepting that there can't be a true balance of time spent equally between work, family, friends, and yourself can be liberating. The task at hand is to not try and divide up time equally, but to compromise. You might have made plans with family and friends, but that may mean you have to work late the day before to get things done. There has to be some give and take.
Without some sort of organizational system, trying to make time for all of your responsibilities can make your days chaotic from the start. Mornings can be the most hectic part of the day and it's important to start your day off right. Without a schedule, it can be a mad house. To alleviate this, prepare the night before. Setting out clothes and packing lunches the night before will lessen the stress of trying to rush to get out the door before the school bus comes. Keep a calendar in your house for all members to see. This will help everyone remember the dates and times of important events and appointments.
Don't be afraid to ask for help! Whether you need help around the house, picking up the kids from after school activities, assistance in the office, or just someone to talk to in order to keep your sanity. There is no shame in asking for help so you don't get burned out. It's amazing how many people are willing to step in and lend a helping hand if you simply ask.
There are going to be some days when work is going to demand more of your attention - whether that means having to work overtime or taking work home with you. You may feel guilty that you are spending more time on your work than with your friends and family, but there are several ways you can maximize time with the people that you care about. When you get home, unplug from your work. Put down your phone as well as keep the television off so you can start spending time together without all the distractions. Of course, you are also going to need some “me” time as well. Try to schedule some down time and activities for yourself, or incorporate a few minutes in your morning routine and before bed.
Ultimately, the goal is to improve your happiness. Make sure at the end of the day, you’re satisfied with your time spent.