Are you searching for that work and family balance in your life? Join the club. After taking a bit of a blog break to try to figure that all out, I'm back on my blog. I've not yet come up with "the" solution to balancing out the family life and work life pulls, but I did stumble upon a few simple ways to ease the strain and put life back into balance.
- It's OK to say no. For me this is the most difficult item on this list. I have a very hard time saying no to both work and family. However if you always say yes to everything, you can end up buried in endless things that perhaps you do enjoy, but end up resenting because there is just too much to do. Say YES carefully and thoughtfully.
- Find a hobby or activity and actually take time to enjoy. Once you start to say no, you will actually have time to pursue activities for you. Cleaning your house does not count as a hobby. Take up something that you have always wanted to try or return to a lifelong passion. Life is just too short not to try kick-boxing, mosaic making, or horseback riding. Do it for yourself!
- Detach from your screens. Another tough one given that smart phones bring the office and the family right along with you out in the garden or to the gym. Remember your family is watching you. If you want them to spend less time on their devices, you have to set the example. Set down your tablet and take the kids and dog outside to enjoy a lovely fall day.
- Build movement into your day. Believe it or not, moving around makes you more productive at work and gives you more energy for the end of the day when you are at home with your loved ones. Sitting at your desk in front of your computer for hours at a time is just not healthy. I'm known for taking laps around the halls of my office or walking down to Lake Phalen during my lunch break. Movement makes a huge different in my day.
- Family first. Do you suppose you will remember all of those extra times that you stayed late or worked for a good chunk of Saturday while everyone else went to the State Fair? I've learned that work will ALWAYS be there. Your kids will not always be there. Go to the choir concert, watch a youth football practice, or hang out in the lobby of an orchestra rehearsal. You won't be sorry.