So you work day and night and barely have time for anything except work, right?
I’ve been there.
I was working so much. I felt like I had zero time for my family. We weren’t able to do family night like we used to, my marriage was suffering because my husband and I literally had no time to bond – date nights were completely out of the question. To be honest, I didn’t even have time for myself. I was actually at point in my life where it felt like work was physically taking the place of my family, which is always a recipe for disaster.
My family was becoming more and more upset with me as the work days went by and the fact that there was very little time for communication between us didn’t make anything easier. I was so close to losing it all – all because of work. Now it’s entirely possible that you’re at a point in your life where you feel like forfeiting your family time is the sacrifice that you need to make in order to get your family to where you want to be in life, right? Well I want to inform you that it doesn’t have to be like that.
Sacrifice is necessary – but never sacrifice the things you’re doing it for because you could lose them and then it’s not worth it.
Work will come and go, but your family is your backbone, and without your backbone where would you be? Don’t get so caught up in work that you forget that time is the most important thing that you could give to your family. Years later after digging ourselves out of the trenches, we ended with a marriage that’s strong and a family that is as tight as skin.
That’s why I want to give you the 5 keys to balancing your home and work life:
Communication is key. If you don’t communicate with your partner or your family, then you’re already set up for failure. Talking to each other about your day, your work, the kids – anything at all, is not only a great way to bond, but stay involved. One of the reasons why my husband and I weren’t doing so well was because we weren’t communicating. It wasn’t until he got fully involved in my work and daily routines, that we finally had a breakthrough.
Communication leads to involvement. I started Involving my husband and my children in my daily routines, which led to my husband being more understanding of my work. Instead of just me saying that I had to work and I’ll be done soon, my husband would be the one to voice to our children which made us seem and feel more like a team instead of individuals.
3. Take advantage of your free time
Take advantage of the allotted time slots throughout the day or in between calls. Time is everything, and taking the 30 minutes between calls to read a book with your child or make them lunch will really make a huge difference.
4. Shut down social media
Before, I would get stuck on social media and next thing I know, 28 minutes goes by and I’d have to start my next call! Once I shut that down and started to put my time towards my family, everything started falling into place. You have to take moments of the day and shut down and focus on you and your family.
5. Multi tasking is crucial
I’m now at the point where I can do all my calls all while cleaning my house and at the same time cooking breakfast or lunch. This not only saves so much time, but allows me to have everything done by the time it’s actually time for everyone to shut down, and settle in for the night.
Try starting with just a little bit of each. You don’t have to do a complete 360, but just try and begin with something. A little bit goes a long way.
What are some things that help you to keep your family and work life balanced? I’d love to hear.