Work-life balance is so important to our mental, emotional, and physical health. This post is not just for mom’s that work outside of the home. The key to finding your balance is creating goals that will work for your specific situation.
The merits and costs of either being a working mom or stay at home mom are highly debated. However, I give props to both. Both are extremely demanding roles and we should all be supporting of each other no matter what role is chosen or dictated.
Since we do have so many changing roles throughout the day it’s important that we focus on the task at hand. Believe me I love multi-tasking, but for many important projects it just doesn’t cut it. I’ve even read research stating that it’s much more efficient to focus on one thing at a time. (Here’s a great read).
The same applies to our thoughts. If we are thinking about work at home, then we aren’t fully paying attention to those that matter most to us.
Think about this way, if you were at work and distracted by thinking about things at home how would that work out? Not very well, but why is it any different when we are at home.
It really isn’t.
As I said earlier, this applies stay at home moms and work at home moms as well. I don’t know about you, but I know that I could clean for days, seriously for days, and guess what? The house would still get messy again. (I have 3 kids and 3 large dogs, there is no end to the mess.)
Work-life balance in essence means that there are set times to complete certain tasks. When you’re at work, your mind is on work tasks. When you’re cleaning, your mind is on cleaning tasks.
When you’re with your kids, you are present in the moment.
But how? Set goals for yourself, that will actually work for you. This is a way to be mindful of your thought processes and make a positive change.
Some example goals:
- Keep time. This means work stuff happens at work, during work time. Believe me they aren’t paying you enough to stress on it 24/7.
- No checking. Now I know sometimes we have to check on our kids, but if they’re with someone you really trust like your spouse or grandparent I’m sure they’re fine. They’ll call you. This is even more important the other way around though. Stop wasting precious time with your family to check one last thing at work. Like I said they aren’t paying you enough to freak out over a missed email. (Unless it’s a rare event and you know to expect something).
- Get ahead. Get ahead and stay ahead on assignments and tasks where you can. Like blogging I need to work on getting ahead so that I’m not stressing getting it done. At home this can be freezer cooking, simple preps, etc.
- Keep lists. It’s normal that random thoughts will pop up while you’re supposed to be doing something else. Keep a list, pen and paper works, but I like to use Evernote since I can access it on all electronic devices it’s almost always handy. (Not an affiliate, I just like it).
So there you have it folks. A few simple ways to create more work-life balance. Do you have any work-life balance goals for the coming year? I’d love to hear them in the comments below.
This is the end of the New Year’s Resolution series, but if you missed any of the other posts you can choose from the post below:
- Resolutions that actually work.
- A new year offers time for reflection and resolutions. Most will fail, but this is a super simple way to increase your chances of success.
- New Year’s Resolutions- Creating Fitness Goals.
- Creating fitness goals for New Year’s resolutions with a simple plan and specific examples. Overcome obstacles to achieve fitness success.
- Assessing Your New Year’s Resolution
- “If you’re not assessing, you’re guessing.” But no one system is perfect and it’s all about finding what works for you and being consistent.
- Nutrition Goals for the New Year
- Nutrition goals don’t have to be hard and intimidating. In fact they really shouldn’t be. This is about creating long term change, not a diet that you’ll quit in a week.
- Health and Wellness Goals for the New Year
- Health & wellness is about more than just fitness & nutrition. Your mental & emotional health makes an impact on your overall physical well-being as well.
- Family Time Goals for the New Year
- Family time is such an important part of many of our lives. Set family time goals to actually get to enjoy it and make it meaningful.
Photo sources: Nana B Agyel, Evil Erin, Normalityrelief, go_greener_oz