Are you trying hard to shift gears between your work life and home but failing to do so? Is your work life disturbing the quality time you had fixed for your family? Is the overall stress overpowering your managing capabilities? For a majority of people, the answer to this question is an absolute yes.
Separating your work life from the home is usually overwhelming and eventually, guilt trips you in making up for the lost time. There is no way to escape the sadness you feel when you have to ignore your family for that one more e-mail to the client or to submit that last report. I understand that the struggle is real and there are a few ways you can actually conquer the art of management. Well, read on to know more.
The first step to a sane life that is actually manageable and not making you throw a temper tantrum every time is finding the right balance. You have to accept the fact that it’s not realistic to be a super parent that spends every minute with their children and has a full-time job with several deadlines to complete. It’s not easy to switch between work mode and home mode but you gotta try at least. Try to make time for your kids when you are home and keep the work aside for a few hours, you can even switch off your mobile phones until your “me” time.
Prioritizing either will do you no good. The family is important alright but so is the work which means you have to find the threshold that balances both. You have to make peace with the fact that every day will bring new challenges and you have to choose between the actually important ones. You cannot miss a deadline for work and make dinner for your children at the same time. It’s okay to choose between what’s more important logically and sometimes emotionally.
You can try using a planner for planning your hours if you can’t switch from work mode to home mode in a matter of seconds. We all know for a fact that the time is not going to wait for anyone but managing it is rather possible. Schedule your time according to the priorities of a particular day and you will actually feel relaxed when everything is done according to that schedule and on time. The little efforts and time to your family mean a lot. Try to convey to them that you actually care for them and want them to have a wonderful day. I recently came across an amazing website that has so many Good Morning SMS by Maxabout that you can send to your family and friends and make them realise that you appreciate them to the core and of course, it’s going to take just a few moments.
Communication is the key to major relationships whether professional or personal and you have to act on that fact. Try to communicate with your family or kids and make them understand how much they mean to you and how you have planned to spend quality time with them. Similarly, you can balance your work ethics by communicating well with your boss and make them understand that you have responsibilities at home too. Make yourself smart enough to be productive during your work time and do the same at home, but with family and do remember, it takes time to master something so important but once done, you will be free from all the unnecessary stress.