Work life and home life are both important, but the primary thing to do with them is to maintain a healthy balance between them. Work-home balance is practically an art form in many ways. It involves feeling like you’re contributing to two demanding areas of life at the same time. Here’s some tips for having your home run more smoothly.
Knowing that you can’t be there for everything, but trying not to miss anything. Hating having to come home and do work, but having a better standard of living. Being tired, but also having the potential to enjoy a social life that makes you tired.
Finding the balance between these measures is the key to a healthy work-life balance. Nobody said that finding this balance will be easy, but it’s worth it.
For some this complexity is added to by a complicated home life. If you’re a single parent for example, these choices may be taken from you in some ways – but you can still find it. Even in a two-parent home, sometimes you’ll want to have one partner stay home with the kids where other times it seems fine to have both parents working. It’s about figuring out what’s right for you, and trying to balance that with what needs to be done.
You may not have total control over this balance. The reality of it is that a job has the right to demand certain hours of you, and many employers will. This will leave you tired already. But it doesn’t mean that there’s nothing you can do. This article is going to overview just five simple things to start doing to try to achieve a better work-life balance for yourself.
Maybe it was a hard day at work, we have all had those a time or two. Or maybe you’re just exceptionally drained because it’s the third shift in a row. Whatever the case may be, take a minute before you walk into the house with your stress. Kids will pick up on this all too quickly, so it’s important to leave work at work and home at home.
If you can manage to do this, kids will tend to relax as well, allowing you to enjoy your home and use it as a source of recharging from a hectic day.
Eat with your kids, always.
Even if you’ve had to come home late and they’ve already had dinner, get the kids to come down for a bedtime snack with you. Sit with them and tell them how your day was, and ask how theirs was. This time is time you will treasure for the rest of your life, and so will they. This tiny element of routine to an otherwise varied schedule can help normalise things and help everybody feel more connected.
Enjoy some time together.
Take some time and play a game together, or walk the dog, maybe pick them up from a friends on your way home. Whatever you do just make sure to spend some time with the kids before you get ready for bed.
Put the kids to bed.
This is another tiny routine that can end up being more meaningful than you’d ever imagine. Read a story, take a bath, whatever they need to have done before bedtime. Taking the time to treasure this routine will make the kids feel loved too, no matter how long you’ve been gone.
Have a family night once a week.
No matter how much you work pick at least one night a week that you get together and watch a movie, make a project, or play a board game. Family night cannot go by the wayside or you will regret it.
No matter what you decide to do to increase the work-life balance, know that what you’re doing is incredibly important. Kids love you and want to see you just as much as you want to see them. If you make the routine normal, they’ll take it as normal, and nobody should stress just because you have to work as well.
Making home a place to recharge also enables you to fully enjoy yourself at work. This can be a lot better than if you’re constantly going from one stress to another. Enjoy work, enjoy home, and before you know it you might just have a happy balance between the two. It may not be easy, but is it worth it.