October is National Work and Family Month
We often hear experts talk about "work/life balance" and how we can effectively spend time with our families while not missing a beat at work. The more we talk about it, it seems that we all continue to have a hard time simply not being consumed by work.
The truth is you will never be able to perfectly balance your job with your personal life and family. Perfection simply is not possible. However, regularly choosing what's most important to you at the time and making decisions based on those things is possible. Consider these ideas to carve out as much balance as you can:
- Automate as much as possible. Use apps to pay monthly bills automatically, or set up regularly scheduled delivery of staples like paper towels and dog food to strike a few things from your to-do list.
- Outsource when and if you can. If (and only if) you have the room in your budget, why not pay someone else to run errands, do the laundry, or clean the kitchen? The goal is to give yourself as much free time as you can when you're away from work.
- Decide what activities are important and make them non-negotiable. Look at what's coming up in the next week or month, choose which things you would like to attend, and make those things a solid part of your schedule. It may be your child's big soccer game, a Friday night dinner with friends, or a family activity.
- Set boundaries. We're all busy people who like to stay connected. However, it's important to be fully present when spending time with loved ones.
- Don't forget to carve out some time for yourself. You'll have more to give to your loved ones if you give yourself the opportunity to decompress and recharge every now and then. Make that time another non-negotiable part of your schedule.
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