Now that the kids are back in school and the fall sports season has begun, many of us find ourselves wondering how we’re going to get everything done. It can be difficult to juggle daily tasks when we work two jobs – the one that pays the bills, and the one that we love (at least most of the time): raising our kids.
If you feel like you are running ragged trying to keep up, these tips can help you balance work and family life:
Get up before the rest of the family. Getting an extra 15 minutes of sleep is nothing compared to how relaxed you’ll feel if you get up and get ready before the craziness of the morning hits. Whether it’s your morning workout, taking a shower, or drinking that much needed cup of coffee, when your act is together it makes it easier to get their act together.
Prepare for the day ahead of time. From picking out their outfits for the next day or even week, to making lunches the night before, to keeping frozen meals at the ready for fast and easy dinners, taking a few minutes to prep ahead can make the day run smoothly.
Come up with a routine and stick to it. Having a set schedule for the day will ensure your kids know what to expect when, and what's expected of them. Schedule conflicts and melt-downs can be avoided when everyone knows the plan.
Stay involved in your kids’ day. Working during the day doesn't mean you can't be an active participant in your kids' daycare or school. Visiting on your lunch may not be an option for you, but you can always bring in an activity or a snack for the kids. You could also use your skills to help with a class project. You’ll feel more involved with your kids and they, as well as the school, will know you care.
Make time for some R&R. At the end of the day, make sure you plan some time for you and your partner to rest and recuperate together and just be adults. Try to plan a lunch date, dinner, or movie night once a week without the kids. Having a bit of “you” time in your schedule can help you manage the rest of the demands on your time.
We all have what it takes to keep going even when we feel there’s too much happening at once. Working even just one of these things into your daily or weekly routine can make a difference in your work/life balancing act.