5 Tips to Balance Work, Family, and Time for Yourself
There is a questions that I continue to get, and even though I answer it, there are still those would like to know some of my tips for balancing work, family, raising children, and finding a little time for self development. It isn’t easy, but there have been a few things that I have found that help me to keep these things balanced, at least most of the time.
Here are 5 things that I find to be of value and help:
That’s my key.
I can’t imagine myself not working. I tried, but it was as if I pretended to be someone else. I need that creative energy I get when I engage in something other than family and kids. That’s just how I am made. It fuels me and recharges me. We grew our family step by step. Being able to work was my main condition before we decided to have kids.
With everything said above, I will have to say that planning and efficiency is a HUGE part of my life too. Every minute is accounted for, I think I repeated that too many times already, but it’s true.
Understanding that there is no “final” destination is a big thing for me. There is always more projects at work, more things that need to be done at home, and even with one child there is always more time we could spend together. Having a plan for the day for me is not so much about ensuring I get things done, it’s more about ensuring I know when to stop because this path is endless.
4. Self-care and well-being.
Taking time off just for myself is essential, even though it almost sounds counter-intuitive, right? The truth is though, the burn-out is a real thing, and from experience I can tell you it’s not only zero fun, but it is also absolutely counter-productive to everything you are trying to build, whether it is family, career or both. I’ve learned the hard way that taking time for myself is the glue that keeps it all together, at least for me. I don’t need much, but 30-60 minutes a day of my time plus good nutrition give me the ability to focus, help me balance life, because, at the core of it all, there isn’t anything impossible if you feel genuinely well.
The most important part, at least for me, is the perspective.
Trust me, more times than not I am doubting myself just as any other mom and woman, but my kids’ happiness and results/progress at work are my indicators if the current “balance” is working or not.
I hope that these principles or tips have helped to answer that question of how I find a way to balance the things in my life.
How do you balance family and work? What helps you?