For many of us, finding a work-life balance is a job in itself. Let’s face it, nowadays we are pulled in so many different directions when it comes to balancing career and family life. If you are like me, you have a work schedule, family schedule, kids’ activity schedule, errand-running schedule, getting-things-done- around-the-house schedule, daycare schedule, school schedule, no-time-to-be-sick schedule – well, you get the idea! It can be exhausting.
I like to think I am pretty good at multitasking and oftentimes it’s not easy, but below are a few tactics I use to help me juggle my schedule and keep my stress level at bay.
1. Make a list. It should be short and simple with quick tasks. If it’s written down, you are more likely to get it done and crossed off the list. Use this list for both work- and home-related tasks.
2. Prepare for the week in advance. This can be as simple as cutting up the vegetables and pre-packing your lunch. If you have kids (okay, even if you don’t), be sure to read “Lunch Prep. Do It Now. Thank Yourself Later.”
3. Done in a day. Pick one day per week to do laundry or clean your house (at Camp McGrath this is Thursday night – as I don’t want to waste one second of my weekend cleaning or doing laundry!)
4. 15-minutes-of-fame. Establish a daily 15-minutes-of-fame session. Never heard of this? Well, it’s when you set a timer for 15 minutes and then use those 15 minutes to focus on a task – for me, it’s usually picking up my kids’ toys after they go to bed or loading/unloading the dishwasher. Try it. It’s fun to see if you can beat the clock!
5. Avoid daily distractions (I’m still working on this myself). Try to limit your cell phone and computer use. This is a hard one to accomplish since we are essentially always “connected,” but it’s so important to do. Try setting aside an hour or two each night to enjoy dinner with the family, play outside or simply be in the moment. I bet you will be amazed with how great you’ll feel!
Whether you try some of the tactics above or come up with your own, remember to have fun as you try to balance and juggle your schedule.
What do you do to help with your work-life balance?