The quest for millions of mothers and working adults on finding the right balance between work, family and time for self is still on. Not so many people are successful at this. A look at Sheryl Sandberg’s book “Lean in” will show you just how many women are struggling to achieve their dreams in the workplace, and still play the roles of mum, wife, and friend. Though this dream is often very elusive, with some tips, you can be able to get most of life while keeping your sanity intact.
- Cut back on time wasters and distractions
Just how much time do you spend reading emails, going on social media sites and watching television? It’s one area which will need you to scrutinise a lot. By avoiding small gossip, numerous unnecessary email exchanges with your co-workers and internet surfing while at work, you will be far more productive and get much of your work done in the allotted 8 or so hours. Leaving you time to spend in the evenings with your partner and children, as opposed to carrying that workload home. By limiting your TV watching, you will be able to focus on conversations with your partner and children, giving them some quality time together.
- Get Organized
Being disorganised has its way of making you multitask on many different levels. Organising what you will be doing will go a long way in helping you check on the activities that take up most of your time. Help you learn how to prioritise these activities. Planning a schedule will help you achieve this. In your schedule, remember you should also include time to spend with your family and by yourself.
- Delegate Some of Your Errands
In your quest to be superman or superwoman, remember that you are still human and thus very capable of suffering from burnout. Admit it; you cannot possibly do EVERYTHING on your own. Take a look at your errands and highlight the ones that consume much of your time. Is it possible for you to delegate these to someone else? Trips to the dry cleaner, shopping for groceries, etc. can take up much of your time. Hire someone to do, or order some of your stuff online and have them dropped either at work or at home, will spare you a huge chunk of time for other important things.
- Avoid Procrastination
That “I’ll do this later” bug is sure to come back and bite you real hard when you least expected it. Procrastination has a way of increasing your stress levels. Imagine waking up one day with three deadlines to beat, one or two of which would have been done much earlier, thus leaving you with more time to do the other? By being organised and setting deadlines for most of your work, you will be able to reduce your life stress and enjoy life more with your family and partner.
To conclude our list, you will notice that getting yourself organised and removing time clutter is the key to balancing your work, family, and self. It may be hard at first to let go of some of that clutter that you love so much, but for the sake of having a great balance and maintaining your sanity, letting go of the clutter will be worth it in the long run.