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Ten Ways to Balance Work and Family

The ability to balance work and family life can be difficult, but with a little knowledge and planning, you can make it work for you.

Many of us wear many hats – wife, mother, worker, entrepreneur, friend, caretaker, the list is ongoing. We strive to give all areas our absolute best and often put taking care of ourselves at the bottom of our to-do lists.

Here are ten tips that will help you balance your work life and home life and make the most of both your personal and professional life and not shortchanging yourself and those around you.

10 Ways To Balance Work and Home

1. Set realistic goals. It’s pretty much a given fact that if you want to achieve something big, you have to make some sacrifices. While the select few can manage, most people can’t become a CEO and run a successful household. When setting your goals, be realistic and don’t stretch yourself too thin.

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2. Make schedules. Keeping track of work and your family can be difficult to plan. Try to keep a set schedule from day to day and week to week if you can. Always remember to make a written schedule and give everyone a copy.

3. Take time for yourself. It’s a natural instinct of mothers to sacrifice themselves for the good of their family. However, it’s important to remember that if you don’t take care of yourself, you can’t take care of anyone else. Try to schedule in at least a few minutes of “you time”, whether it be going for a run, watching your favorite TV show, or just sitting in a room by yourself to relax for a few minutes.

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4. Work from home. If you can do your work over the Internet or phone, you may be able to swing working at least part of the time from home, giving you more time to spend with your family. Just remember that there are a lot more things at home to distract you from getting your work done.

5. Get some exercise. Working out is not only a great way to stay healthy and gain energy, it’s also a great way to spend time with your kids. Instead of hitting the gym, go play ball in the park or take them for a walk.

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6. Take advantage of leave. Most jobs allow you a certain amount of leave, but a lot of us end up not using it. Make sure you know how much time you have and take it, whether you go on a vacation with your family or just use it to take a well-deserved rest day every so often.

7. Prioritize. When making your to-do lists, figure out the things that are most important for you to do and get them done first. If there isn’t enough time to do everything, you won’t feel as bad about what you have to cut.

8. Take classes. As many people will tell you, there’s no manual on how to be a good parent and have a successful career. But if you search around your community, you can find classes and seminars from people that have been where you are and managed to do well. They can give you inspiration along with helpful tips and tidbits to get through your day.

9. Watch for burn out. Even if you schedule everything, take breaks, and do everything else above, what you’re doing may just be too much for you. Watch yourself for changes in mood or physical problems. They could be a sign that you’re burnt out and need to make some changes to your plans. Remember, your health is important too.

10. Learn to say no. If you want to have a successful career and family life, you will have to learn to say no occasionally. If you try to do everything, you’re going to burn yourself out and not be able to take care of anyone. Being a good employee and a good parent doesn’t mean you need to do everything you’re asked.

Ten Ways To Balance Work And Home

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Tuesday 13th of January 2015

This is such a difficult subject. As a working mom I struggle with this every day. This is a great list with so many good ideas. I'm going to print this out for inspiration. And I tend to say yes to too many people. Time to start cutting back on that.


Wednesday 14th of January 2015

Melanie, I can definitely relate! No isn't a dirty word and we have to force ourselves to use it more often.


Tuesday 13th of January 2015

This is such a great post. However, it is something that can be hard for me since I am a work at home mom. I am going to have to implement some of the tips that you shared for sure.


Wednesday 14th of January 2015

Victoria, your dilemma is one that I've heard expressed numerous times. Creating boundaries and schedules makes a huge difference. Best of luck to you!

Jamie | North of Something

Tuesday 13th of January 2015

I agree that giving yourself a break is a really important thing to do, but sometimes you have to schedule it in and make it happen no matter what. I need to make more time to work out, but I just keep putting it off. Thanks for the ideas!


Wednesday 14th of January 2015

So very true! There's nothing wrong with putting a date with yourself in your planner and making sure you don't stand yourself up.

Samantha Angell

Tuesday 13th of January 2015

This comes at the perfect time for me. Lately, I've been feeling a little bit burned out between my MBA classes, blogging, and general household work. I've realized that I've just been working myself to the bone, and I need to give myself a day off a week. Otherwise, every single day I am doing MBA stuff and blogging, and therefore never get a day off.

Parent Xpress (@HPXpress)

Tuesday 13th of January 2015

These are great tips! I work at home and I try to make sure, that I set clear boundaries. I work, from 9am until 3pm and put system's in place to make sure it happens. I use Google Stay focus during the day and it has made my productivity, so much better as well.

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