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.

Finding work-life balance can be tough. Set goals to find your balance that works for you.
Work-life balance is highly individualized due to many complicated factors. It’s also very important for your well-being.

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.

You have many different roles throughout the day. Focus fully to get things accomplished.
While I love multi-tasking, it’s been shown to be inefficient to getting things done. Concentrate fully on what you need to get done and you can finish up more quickly.

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.

Unstable work-life balance can lead to mental and physical exhaustion.
Not being able to switch from work to home roles efficiently can affect your well-being.

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 isn't just for moms that work outside the home.
Work-life balance is necessary for all moms.

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:

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