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Top 10 Tips to Manage Work and Home

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Mar 07, 2013
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Top 10 tips to manage work and home

After eight hours or even more of stay at work, mothers come home for another shift. Being a parent, managing work along with your family and social life is a tedious task. It is not easy balancing work and home.

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Julie Morgenstern, founder and owner of Task Masters and the author of Making Work Work: New Strategies for Surviving and Thriving at the Office, says, “Women today are faced with too much information bombarding them, overwhelming to-go lists not enough time in one day to complete the list, let alone in an entire week.” 


Morgenstern also adds, “Trying to complete too many goals and tasks can leave you feeling frustrated, unfulfilled and exhausted. But, if you are very clear about those three or four most important things you must complete today, then you can let go of the rest until tomorrow because you have accomplished what really matters most.”


However, there are steps you can take to minimise the stress of balancing a full-time job and your family.


Set your Boundaries


One of best ways to keep your work and family life thriving is to identify your most important goals and work hard towards achieving them. Setting an unrealistic approach to work life will only leave you frustrated. Spend equal time with your family and friends to strike a balance between professional and personal life.


Prepare the Night Before

 


It is always convenient for working mothers to plan everything a night before as every minute in the morning is precious. Mornings will go smoothly if you prepare some things the night before. Lay out clothes, ensure your child’s homework is done, pack bagpacks, and also check the school plans. Planning things beforehand will help you reduce stress in the morning.


Plan a Work Schedule


Don’t let your work overpower the family time. Use a planning tool to write down your goals, appointments, and contacts. If you often work for late hours, talk to your boss or co-workers to chalk out a more feasible time schedule for you. Mark out in advance the days in which you need to work late. This will give you an opportunity to plan your family events well in advance without any glitch.


Schedule Quality Family Time


A family that eats together stays together. Frequent family outings such as dinners, movies, or weekend getaways will help you to spend some quality time with your loved ones.


Be Flexible

Be flexible in your approach towards accomplishing your goals. Circumstances change and new opportunities crop up. Willingness to change your schedule and re-arranging it according to the new developments will certainly help you to accomplish your goals more easily.

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Make Time for Yourself


Most women tend to put themselves last on the list, but rejuvenating your own inner strength and peace will give you a chance to manage your tasks better. Go to the gym, visit a museum, meet friends over coffee, and take up a hobby to spend more time with yourself.


Be a Couple


In a relationship, it’s not only about kids and work. Whether you're married, partnered or single, adult relationships give you the much needed support to carry your life forward. Don't forget to go out for dates, romantic dinners with your spouse to keep the spark alive in your relationship.


Group Similar Things


Grouping similar tasks or tasks that can be done together will help you save your valuable time.


Delegate Work


Teach your spouse or kids to do small daily chores that will help you to save your time. During mealtimes, ask your kids to get their own plates, place table mats, etc. But don’t forget to timely appreciate the efforts put in by them. Your appreciation will motivate them further.


Learn to say “No”


Whenever you get a new opportunity to spend your time, ask yourself whether you are making the best use of your time. If you feel that the new opportunity is not worth spending your time, graciously say, "No."

 

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Comments
  • Subhasish11 Nov 2012
    Very nice article.
  • Subhasish11 Nov 2012
    Nice to read this article.
  • Subhasish11 Nov 2012
    All the tips are very handy.
  • Subhasish11 Nov 2012
    The information is really helpful.
  • Subhasish11 Nov 2012
    Well, the tips will surely help me to manage my home and work.

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