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If you are working and raising a family, there are going to be times when you need to make sacrifices. This is simply inevitable. However, if you can create a good work-life balance for the majority of your time, these rare compromises will still be unavoidable, but they will also be easier to deal with.
The problem is, we often feel guilty for working when we have children to take care of. We can also feel distracted when we are with them, knowing there is work to be done. This leads to a difficult situation.
Finding the right work-life balance might take a little time and some trial and error, but once you have it, you really can enjoy all aspects of life. It makes all the difference, not just to your happiness, but your family’s too.
Here are some tips on how to do it.
Make A Plan
You only have a certain amount of time each day. Some of that needs to be dedicated to working, some to family time, some to sleeping, and a portion for your free time.
It might sound impossible to fit all these into just 24 hours, but it can be done. You just have to make a good plan and stick to it as far as possible. Of course, sometimes plans change, but having a plan in the first place is a good start).
You can choose to break the week down into days and work this way, or break each day down into hours and block out times to do one thing and times to do another. You will need to work out the best approach for you.
But as long as you have a plan, you’ll know that you can do everything you want to. This will help you feel less guilty about trying to make things fit.These days, work-life balance can seem like an impossible feat but with these tips it's doable! Click To Tweet
Combine What You Can
Though you might be busier at certain times, don’t worry; if you can combine two or more tasks, then you can still get everything done. All this means is that you need to spend a little more time organizing and planning.
Imagine you want to exercise, but you also have a meeting to go to, and you want to meet up with friends or family. Why not arrange to go for a walk with your friends? You can see them, exercise, and you can walk to your meeting place – this combines three activities into one, saving you a lot of time.
If you need to organize a gift for a client and another for a loved one, you can find a gift that would suit both such as a scent subscription box and buy two, saving you time when you’re searching for what to buy. What else can you combine?
Say ‘No’ More
Lots of people are uncomfortable telling people ‘no’ when they are asked to do something. This can lead to problems.
If you have already planned out your day and then you’re asked to do something else, and you agree, you might miss out on your kids’ bedtime, or have to cancel an appointment with a friend or family.
If you don’t have any time to do something, you must say ‘no.’ Once you have learned how to do this, it will become much easier, and you can stop worrying about your work-life balance so much.
Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.