How to Balance Family with Work
September marks the start of school and the beginning of schedule-mania! Between carpools, after-school activities and endless paperwork, it’s no wonder why parents feel overwhelmed! As your kid’s activities increase, it can be easy for you to cut into your schedule and put things on hold. However, the best thing you can do as a parent is to prioritize your health so that you’re in the best shape possible. Here are three tips to help you balance it all and take care of yourself too!
Make your health and fitness a priority.
Before you start adjusting your calendar to fit in your extra family activities, be sure you’ve scheduled your time. Self-care includes regular check-ups, exercise, healthy eating and stress management. It’s important that you remain vigilant about your self-care since this is the area that’s the first to go when things get crazy. Some practical ways to kick things in gear include: working out early in the morning, asking your employer to offer wellness activities, tossing out junk food and stretching daily.
Review and discuss the family schedule weekly.
If you want a sure-fire way of preventing burnout and maintaining balance at home, stay on top of your family schedule. Sunday night is a great night to discuss upcoming work, school and extra-curricular activities. Make sure you have at least one to two days that are either unscheduled or scheduled for part of the day. Consider creative ways to get things done like sharing the shopping load with your spouse, using a service like Peapod or enlisting a mother’s helper. These strategies can help increase your productivity and give you some short retreats throughout the day.
Take advantage of your workday to get things done.
Take breaks every hour and go for a walk. Instead of eating out for lunch, bring your lunch, eat half of it, go for a walk and finish the remaining food after your walk. Take a half hour before you pick-up the kids and read a chapter of your favorite book or enjoy a cup of tea. There are creative ways to make the most of your time and be productive.
Scheduling and protecting the family schedule is the best thing you can do for your family. Be consistent and monitor it closely. Once you reign in your family schedule, you’ll feel better, more balanced and your family will appreciate it!
How do you deal with schedule overload? What things can you do differently to get your schedule balanced? Share your thoughts and comments below!