The daily grind of packing lunches, carpool lines, meetings, emails, phone calls has many of us feeling like we can't catch our breath. Not to mention, we may be dealing with longer workdays, shorter vacations and back-to-back weekend obligations.
Here are some ways to find that ever-elusive work and life balance.
Let It Go
If you have always been an overachiever, you may find that it can become more difficult as you get older. According to Forbes.com, “As you climb the ladder at work and as your family grows your responsibilities mushroom.”
While it is important to be accountable, you are not infallible. You need to give yourself a break if you miss crossing a “t” or dotting an “i”! Let go of the guilt, and focus on what you were able to achieve. I find that too much dwelling leads to less productivity.
Shut It Down
We are constantly available or on the clock, thanks to technology. Yes, I am overwhelmingly guilty of emailing while simultaneously pushing my toddler on a swing. I swore last week that a lady driving by was swearing at me for texting while pushing a stroller.
Did I also mention, my son was also on the sidewalk next to me, riding his bike? He had a helmet on and the baby was properly buckled, so I am not all that bad. But the truth of the matter is, kid time should be kid time!
Parents.com suggests “Be disciplined and set time limits when checking email or making phone calls, things you can do when the kids are sleeping. Try to avoid multitasking, especially when spending time with your children.”
And don’t forget about husband time! Parents.com has some advice for this too. “Reduce TV watching to once a week to maximize time with your partner during the evenings.”
Whether it is a mid-morning Starbucks run, Pilates at noon, or a kid’s soccer practice at 4 o’clock, be open about your needs for a more flexible schedule if your job allows.
According to Entrepreneur.com. “Whatever your sweet spot is you need to find it and be transparent about it.