There is always a tug of war between all of the chores we have at home and the work that we must take care of at our jobs. For many moms, this is a particularly difficult problem.
That’s especially true for those who are involved in homeschooling while also coping with work-from-home setups put in place during the start of the global coronavirus pandemic that causes COVID-19 infections.
Here are some tips to help you balance your family life and your professional life:
1. Set Boundaries
Job 1 will be to establish clear boundaries between family life and work life. This is easier said than done when you are working from home, of course. But you need to make boundaries because otherwise, one world will intrude on the other.
Put a sign on your office door at home when you are having a video conference or need to focus without interruption. By the same token, do not check emails after work hours or respond to business-related texts or calls when it’s family time.
2. Accept Imbalance
Sometimes, the imbalance is impossible to avoid. Go with the flow and realize that eventually, things will sort themselves out and you will be a happier person.
3. Negotiate Flex Hours
If you are burning the candle at both ends, speak with your manager about working with more flexible hours. That way, you don’t have to worry about meeting your job quota by a certain hour if you need to take your child to the dentist or have to go to a parent-child meeting in the middle of the day.
When flex-hour scheduling is not possible, see if you can arrange to work part-time, to give yourself some buffer between work and home duties.
4. Limit Your After-Work Involvement
You can’t do it all, especially when both work and home are already clamoring for attention. So cut down on activities after school or after work, such as meeting for drinks or going to a charity fundraiser when you’d rather have quality time playing games with your family.
5. Work Toward Inner Peace
When you feel calm and unperturbed by the day’s events, it will play a huge role in balancing family and professionalism. Meditation, prayer, and yoga are examples of ways to work toward this sense of peace.
You’ll find that inner peace plays a big role in balancing professionalism and family.
6. Stop Procrastinating
Avoid procrastination now! This is definitely not a task to put off, by definition. You’ll want to prioritize things that are most important, and then and plan to do them at specific dates and times. Doing so will actually give you more free time.
7. Behold the Power of Saying ‘No’
By cultivating a habit of saying “No!” to matters that are unimportant, you’ll be carving away more precious “me” time and time with family.
8. Keeping Life in Balance Is An Ongoing Project!
No matter how busy things might get, following these tips to help restore the balance between work duties and home duties should go a long way toward you become relaxed. Achieving balance isn’t always going to be easy.
But you can get better with practice. With an improved work-life balance, you’ll be more able to engage with your loved ones as well as with your colleagues on the job.