Today, more than 80 percent of working women juggle both a career and a family. Here are some tips to help you maintain the delicate balance between work and family
1. PLAN AHEAD WHENEVER POSSIBLE.
Keep a family calendar and update it frequently, making sure it shows the dates of all family events such as family outings and vacations, as well as children’s plays, sporting events and birthdays.
2. PRIORITIZE YOUR ACTIVITIES.
Make a list of the activities that demand your time and rank each one in order of its importance. Always ask yourself, “How important is this task or event? Is there a way to eliminate this activity or cut down on the time it will take to accomplish it?” For instance, can you buy a cake for your son’s birthday party instead of baking one. Avoid wasting your time on trivial activities.
3. SET LIMITS.
Limit the number of activities and responsibilities you take on. There are only so many hours in the day and you’re only one person. Ask for help. Share household responsibilities with your spouse and/or children.
4. IDENTIFY SHORT- AND LONG-TERM GOALS AND WORK TOWARDS THEM.
By setting short- and long-term goals for your career and your family you give yourself a way to check the balance between both your lives. For example, if you’re not achieving the goals you’ve set for your family life you may be spending too much time on your career and an adjustment may be necessary.
5. FIND TIME FOR YOUR FAMILY.
Dedicate some time each day to spend just with your family with no interruptions and plan special family outings and holiday getaways as often as you can.
6. MAKE TIME FOR YOURSELF.
Set aside a little time each day to spend doing something just for you. Read a book, take a bubblebath or a long walk.