Choosing between your work and family can be pretty difficult. As a family person and an entrepreneur or employee, you are inclined to keep up with deadlines at work, show love and care towards your children, spend quality time with your spouse, and build a beautiful home. Therefore, there is a need for a balance between the two, if not, one will suffer more than the other. At the end of the day, you may either you lose your job or lose the love of your family. Here are some tips to building a balance between family and work;
Create a clearly defined schedule
Create a schedule that will help you focus on your career and still have time for your family. It is very important that you stick to this plan consistently. You can use a time management planner with to-do lists to plan your day when you are at work and set your priorities straight so that you can keep track of your time. Plan what hours you will work and what hours you will have for yourself and your family. When you follow a clearly drawn schedule, it’ll go a long way in helping you balance your work and family life. A schedule will keep you disciplined and help you meet deadlines. This way, you will not miss appointments or even keep your family waiting.
Many people waste their time on activities or people that add no value to their lives. For example, spending too much time at work with a colleague who is constantly gossiping or who doesn’t have as many tasks as you can make you lose focus. Similarly, you may even be able to leave work earlier if you make an effort to limit the time you spend on the internet and social media networks, making personal calls and gossiping. Try to avoid wasting unnecessary time at work, look at it this way, every time wasted is a time you could have spent with family.
Always create time for everything
You should always plan ahead for your children’s game day, family dinner or lunch, romantic date with your wife or meetings and appointments at work. This cuts out a reasonable amount of time and stress to be encountered when trying to rush to your appointments or meeting. In addition, it offers you the opportunity of spending more time with your family. Create time for your kids as well as your spouse. It is also important to create out quality time out of your busy schedule for a couple of nights with your spouse alone each month because letting your loved ones know you have time for them is essential for a healthy relationship.
Learn the art of delegation
Compile a list of all of your work tasks, errands and other personal responsibilities on a weekly basis and assign to your team members, assistant, house help or even other family members who can help. Plan your errands and housework for the week ahead, try to cut corners by hiring professional cleaning services for your house if you have the means to do so. You need to understand that you can’t do everything by yourself. You should also let go of thinking that no one can do a particular task better than you. This will make it difficult for you to delegate tasks.