Trying to get the right balance between work and family life is a gradual process. There are a lot of trial and error methods that you need to experiment before you get the right rhythm. It isn’t impossible but it is surely not easy either! You might be a chef or a teacher on one side and a mother or a father of a beautiful child on the other. Both parties need all your attention and hence, you are alert round the clock.
Let’s explore a few ideas that could help you maintain a healthy work and family life balance.
Organize and Reorganize
Things move at a quicker pace if you have a few things sorted out from the very beginning. Parents spend time to plan out the week over the weekend. This helps them to be on track with everything that happens in the family and also helps them beat any surprises that come their way. This way you can also plan ahead with respect to your work meetings or find time to finish some extra work.
As parents, you are expected to remember things such as your child’s music lessons, sports practices or any other events are school. To avoid an ‘oops, I forgot moment’, it’s a good practice to maintain a family calendar. Chart a neat calendar with all the upcoming events of the month. This way everybody in the family is on the loop of whatever is happening in the family along with their own work and school schedules.
Pre-Set Your Mornings
Getting your child to the school or school bus on time is one of the biggest challenges in the morning. Some children find it very hard to wake up in the mornings and parents spend half their time shouting from the kitchens or washrooms warning them to get off their beds. This is a very common scenario in most households.
We suggest you think ahead. Yes, plan out breakfast ideas, iron your clothes, uniforms and get a good night rest the previous day to get a fresh start in the morning. These are some of the things that you can arrange to reduce the chaotic routine before you get everybody up and ready for the day. You will find yourself prepping breakfast, packing lunch, getting everybody ready well within your desired time. A good start in the morning is very important to feel confident for the rest of the day.
Child Care Support
Children need your 100% attention at all times. It would be quite a challenge to be at two places at once. Be open to look out for good childcare facilities or helpers to take care or babysit your child when you are at work, if you can.
Enquire with your friends and family to learn about places and people they trust and would love to refer to you. They will help to connect with people that have been maintaining a healthy and trusting relationship with families and children. Look out for their excellent experience and adapt it for children of all ages. A good childcare provider should hold such qualities and have a record to prove the same. These facilities and people should be trust-worthy and friendly with your children. Do good research through friends and family before you choose your child care providers because you need to be comfortable to leave your child in their protection while you are at work.
Talk to Your Boss
Now once you are back at work, the atmosphere is very different. You probably will have other things to worry about and many things to get done before the end of the day. You would want to stay focused on what happens at work, at work and keep the things at home, at home.
Before you start worrying about these things, have a sit-down chat with your manager or your HR. Let them know that you would like to handle both your career and your family life together. Be very clear and precise with what you are looking for and expecting in the future. We suggest that you write down a few pointers to make a good presentation. Ask important questions and don’t be shy to ask the right questions.
Work, Work and Work
While you are working, learn to practice to focus on things at the present moment. Stay away from distractions like long lunch breaks and unnecessary distractions. This will help you finish your work on time and head home to be with your family as soon as possible.
It will also help you to complete your project for the company with the best of your ability. Doing a good job at work will not only make your boss happy, but also leave you feeling accomplished. This will put you in a good mood to go home. This way, you would also avoid carrying pending work back home.
Put Family and Self Ahead
Take some time off to spend some quality time with yourself, your partner and your family. Whenever there is a holiday, try to switch-off from work and engage in fun family activities like dinner dates, picnics or short family trips. These are moments that create memories for a lifetime. You will build a healthy relationship with yourself and your family which will help you to grow in any other walks of life.