So many people right now are having a hard time balancing home and work-life. Sometimes it's because of life events, work events, or crazy pandemics that throw us all off of our game.
When I first started working from home, and even sometimes to this day, balancing home and work-life could and can be a challenge. However, I still try to get it as balanced as possible. While the youngest is as school, I do try and work as much as possible so we can have evening time together with my husband. Sometimes intense deadlines alter those plans.
While sometimes, it can be taxing, if we try hard enough, to figure out the balance, it all works out in the end.
Balancing Home and Work-Life With Ease
When it comes to balancing home and work-life, it’s about making the right decisions and setting your priorities correctly. If you haven’t found the right balance yet, we’ve got some tips that’ll help you out.
Stop Bringing Work Home
The first thing to take into account is the way in which you handle your work. If you’re in the habit of bringing your work home and completing it out of hours, that’s going to eat into your home life and the quality time you’re able to spend with your family. To solve that issue, you simply need to leave your work at work and draw a line between those two aspects of your life.
If you work from home, make sure you leave your work, in your office as much as possible. If you have a space that you can close off, when you're not working, close the door and don't return until the next time you have to work.
Know Who to Call When You Need Help
There’s nothing wrong with calling on others to help you out when it comes to managing your time. If there’s a problem in your home, use a service like snupit to get it taken care of for you. That way, you don’t have to spend your time on things that distract you from the important aspects of your home life, leaving with more time for things that matter.
If you need help with your workload, talk to a higher-up and figure out how to lessen or spread out the workload into easier to handle pieces.
Create a Dedicated Family Time
If you’re struggling to find quality time to spend with your family, you should look to create a dedicated time in which you can be with them and do things that are important to you all. It could be one evening of the week or you could dedicate weekends to family things. Once these things become routines, they’ll become normal and that’s how it should be.
This can be extremely hard if you're someone who works from home to even start balancing home and work-life, let alone spend time with the family, even more so if you have kids. Younger kids tend to pester, interrupt or still play with their parents. This is where a closed-door is beneficial. I know it's not always easy, especially if you're a single parent or someone who can't afford child care, but it's important to figure out a way to work around having kids while working from home. Which leads me to the next tip.
Find Childcare You Can Trust
Finding the right solution to childcare will help you run your home better and ensure you don’t have too much on your plate. That way, you can spend time with your family and ensure your kids are getting the care and attention they need when you’re busy with other things such as balancing home and work-life. It’s so much more stressful when you don’t have full trust in the childcare service you used, so find one you can trust.
Stop Feeling Guilty
Finally, you should stop feeling guilt over how you manage your time. There’s nothing wrong with having to split your time between lots of different things; it’s something that most of us have to do for whatever reason. Guilt is common among parents with careers but it shouldn’t be and it tends to only make things worse and that’s simply not necessary.
Balancing your home life and work-life can be a real struggle at times but it’s something that’s worth striving for. When you finally manage to achieve a good balance between these various aspects of your life, it makes things so much less stressful for you and much easier to manage.