If you’re a parent who’s constantly struggling with balancing work and home life, find comfort in the fact that you’re not alone. There are millions out there, just like you, who are overworking themselves and trying to be a good parent and stick to their careers at the same time, and quite honestly, you deserve a pat on the back for trying to do it- even if you may, at times, feel that you are failing miserably.
To help you out a bit, here are some actionable tips and tricks that’ll get you to strike the balance in a much smoother, easier way. Read on…
Prioritise to Avoid Burnout
As a parent and an individual, it is important for you to set your priorities and not be available for anything and everything. Recognise your limitations and do not overdo things or try to bite more than you can chew- it will only make you crash! Trying to do too much in a day will only add unnecessary pressure and increase the room for making errors. Remember you need to look after yourself, check out these 10 Cheap of Free Self Care Ideas for Mums.
Planning out your next day a night before and staying organised in general can have a huge impact on how you manage things at your workplace and at home. Knowing exactly what you need to do the next day and allocating time slots for each of your tasks can make the entire day go on smoothly for you!
Let Go of the Guilt
A lot of parents who work tend to feel guilty about not being able to spend enough time with their kids, and that, in a way, seriously influences the way they think about themselves, and impacts their productivity too! Remember that you too, are human, and it is okay to make mistakes and not be the perfect parent and perfect employee together.
Put Down that Phone
This one’s probably the most important thing we all need to do in our lives, regardless of whether we are parents or not. Almost all of us are guilty of using our phones and laptop devices way too much, which has caused our relationships to suffer, our mental health to deteriorate and has also caused our sleep wake cycle to suffer. So as hard as it might be, go on that digital detox- it’ll be worth it!
But Stay Connected
Make it a point to stay connected with your kids- even if you’re out for a business trip for a few days or are just working overtime. It can be something as simple as a video call during the lunch break or a personal note in their lunch boxes!
Make Weekends Special
One of the best ways to shell out more time for your family and stay connected and close is to make optimum use of the weekends. Take short trips together, cook meals together or even just camp in the garden- look up and try interesting things that you could do with your family in the last couple of days of the week and make beautiful memories. If camping do read 7 Hacks to Make Camping With Kids Stress Free.
We hope these tips will help you manage your work life balance as happy parents make happy kids.