The work/life balance can get out of hand quickly, sometimes without you even realising it. Don’t despair though, there are ways and steps to take that can get you on an even keel again!
Remember, one step at a time – you’ll be going in the right direction and the results will begin to show.
Here’s some tips and ideas on how to get back on your feet. Ask yourself these questions:
1. What really matters to you? If you had to concentrate on one thing in your life, what would that be? Add a second, third, fourth and fifth.
If you answer honestly you will have a list of your top five priorities.
2. Are you simply doing too much? There are only a certain number of hours in the productive day. Remembering your priorities, could you discontinue activities that don’t support your priorities? Don’t let the TV keep you away from the children, the dust will still be there tomorrow etc. Time management is the key to coping.
3. Your private time is sacred – guard it with your life. Refrain from having your mobile phone on after hours, don’t check the emails constantly and think they have to answered at once. Take a step back and really look at the time you have for yourself.
4. Sometimes you can’t do it alone. Enlist the help of friends and family to take the kids out for the day or hire someone once a month to clean your home. The stress this releases should not be underestimated. Can you do the grocery shopping online? Set up processes that make your life easier for you!
5. Schedule time to relax. Routine is king! Get the kids off to bed at the same time every night. Have your shower the same time every day. Write a list of what needs to be done for the following day before you go to bed.
Remember you are in charge of your own schedule, make it happen!
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