7 HABITS TO FIND THAT WORK LIFE BALANCE YOU CRAVE
Don’t you hate it when people say how busy they are like they’re the only ones who are busy. Yeah, one of those people. Everyone is busy these days. I have a confession to make….. and I am sorry… here it goes – I have become one of those people. Exclaiming how busy I am when some one asks how I am. I am cringing just thinking about it now. Couldn’t I just say “good thank you, how are you?” – apparently not. Its not that I think everyone wants to know about how busy I am because I am well aware they do not in fact even care… its the fact that I worry so much about being “busy” and not having enough time to do everything and its wearing me down. It is constantly all I think about so I just blurt it out. Life is crazy and I am trying my hardest to get that work/life balance… well balanced…. and this is what I’ve been doing to try and make sure work doesn’t take over my life and bring back some work life balance.
➕ Device Free Nights – Its sad but true – my husband has started insisting on device free nights. I am the person who needs to be told to put her phone in another room. The Mr is very supportive of my blog and business goals but he wants to spend quality time with me too so it has come to this. If he didn’t insist on device free nights I would be on the computer blogging or setting up my new business every night – it consumes me. So once a week we have a device free night where we talk or watch TV together… so not totally device free!
➕Get Outdoors – Our kids love their bikes and going for rides. So whenever we can, we get them out riding. We either ride our bikes as well or we walk with Leo The Pooch. Its a chance to for the whole family to get some fresh air and exercise and spend some quality time together. Its our thing…. find that thing your family enjoys and make it a priority.
➕ Meal Plan – My life is so much easier when I meal plan. I love coming home from work knowing what I am cooking. I am not thinking about it at work or having to duck to the shops after the work with two tired kids. And if you can cook double batches some nights – you are cheering!
➕Learn to Say No – We all love to please our friends and family and help out when we can. But sometimes you just have to say no…. and you know what? Its ok! The world isn’t going to end if you can’t help your best mate fix a fence or whatever because you need to spend some time with your kids… your Aunty Beryl will be ok if you can’t have afternoon tea this week. Learn to say no and you will find that your not spreading yourself in a million directions.
➕Perspective – Learn to not sweat the small stuff. Easier said than done, believe me I know. But sometime you have to let things go. My house is clean and tidy, but don’t look to close because its dusty in some spots, the shower needs a good scrub and I know my floors aren’t that clean. But you know what? As long as the house is tidied at the end of the day, I am happy. I’ve had to let it go for my own sanity.
➕Ditch The Guilt – I know that there are a lot of mums out there who suffer mummy guilt and the struggle is real. But for me, I’ve ditched it. Feeling guilty about going to work so I can provide a better future for my kids isn’t something that I worry about. Feeling guilty because I am not the stay at home mum type – nope! Feeling guilty because I went away for a girls weekend – not here sorry! Guilt only serves to make you feel bad, so shake the guilt off and just enjoy the time you do spend with your kids.
➕Limit After School Activities – If I’m honest about this one, I’m far too lazy and selfish to be driving my kids around to 436 after school activities each week. Nope, not for me. They are allowed to do one per term as well as swimming lessons. So Mr 5 does soccer (which is about to finish up) and has just started touch footy as well. Miss 4, well she is the poor second child so she doesn’t actually do anything yet… I really need to get her into a dance class or something. But like I said…too lazy!
There you have it – 7 habits to create some balance in your life. I’ll report back in a couple of months to let you know how I am doing ok?