Juggling work and family is entirely possible! Decades of working parents prove it. However, when you first become a parent, it might seem all but impossible to balance the two. Having to juggle the two tasks, is a challenge at first. But remember this: all professional jugglers start with a couple of balls and then end up being able to throw all sorts of things in the air with ease. That can be you with your family and your work. It’s just a matter of trial and error.
Juggling work and family tips
Adhere to a schedule
Juggling work and family means you have to make a schedule, as well as stick to it. You will have obligations not only to your work but also to your family. With a young child, you’ll have lots to take care of. Plus, you’ll have to deal with the unpredictability of not knowing what demands your child will have and when, especially as a newborn or an infant.
In order to keep yourself on track, make as rigid of a schedule as possible. Make sure to account for every hour/half-hour. Prepare yourself for 5am wake up calls. Make sure you have all the chores and other morning routines accounted for. Although you’ll have a set schedule, you’ll still have disruptions. Once home, make sure you know what errands and chores need doing.
A great way to figure out a schedule you can adhere to is to get a direct sales job with a company like Nuskin or someone similar. Working in direct sales lets you work when you want to, instead of binding you to a traditional 9 to 5. While sales may not be for everyone, it’s hard to beat the freedom this type of work provides you.
Leave work at work
Work can be stressful and it can be easy to bring your woes home with you. If you find yourself exhausted from work and not wanting to deal with your kids, take a moment for a few deep breaths. You might be feeling frustrated by something, but it won’t do you any good to let it stew inside you.
Instead, when you come home, focus on your family. Ask your kids, as well as your spouse, about how their days were. Even if they had some issues as well, you can still enjoy each other’s company and feel good talking about your problems together.
Work in advance
Don’t think this is just for your office! It’s also for home life. There will be all kinds of chores to take care of and they can really pile up quickly. If you are able to, you should work ahead on your chores. For instance, if you have a free twenty minutes, you can organize your living room or just do a little bit of sweeping.
If your children are old enough, include them in the housekeeping. Some chores are more age-appropriate than others. For instance, you don’t want a five-year-old cleaning an oven. The cumulative effort makes a huge difference in your home and your stress reduction.
Be involved with your kids
As a working parent, you won’t be able to be with your kids as much as you might like. However, you can still be an active presence in their life. When you have time off together, spend time with one another. Perhaps you can work on school projects together; enjoy recreational activities; and more. You want your kids to feel like you’re there for them.
Hopefully this has given you inspiration on figuring out how to juggle work and family. Working parents are like superheroes. Don’t let anyone tell you what you can’t do.
Author bio: Kara Masterson is a freelance writer from Utah. She enjoys Tennis and spending time with her family.