We’ve all heard of work-life balance. Regardless of what you want to call it, we are living in a society where everyone is going to be more connected more of the time – thanks to technology. However, are you someone who says yes to too many things – too many projects? Too many events? Spend too much time with people who zap your energy?
I remember a very inspiring talk from Maile Carnegie, former managing director of Google Australia. Her words about defining success in your own terms resonated with everyone, but what truly impressed me were her boundaries around work and home time. The busy mother of two makes it her bottom line to be away from home as little as possible – and she even tracks it! If she can get the balance right, then I’m positive anyone can.
While some may find it hard to balance connectivity with availability, here are three work-life balance habits to integrate into your daily routines:
- Set your limits
There are always endless tasks to do both at work and at home. However, that doesn’t mean you are responsible for all of them. Learn to say ‘no’ sometimes, delegate tasks where you can, and always revisit your priorities so you feel less overwhelmed.
- Slow down
The current world travels at a break-neck pace: high work demands, a full social calendar, and kids extra-curricular activities. It seems we’re always doing something, and feel guilty and unproductive when we’re not. Unfortunately our energy isn’t endless, so it’s important to fight for balance. Take 30 minutes for yourself each day to do something quiet that you enjoy. Have a cup of tea, read a book or go for a walk.
- Have clear boundaries
When you’re at the office, work it. When you’re at home, be fully present with your family. In working hours, make those important decisions, and meet your deadlines without any guilt about not being at home with the kids. Learn to prioritise and set clear boundaries so that your weekly schedule works not just for your job, family, friends and commitments, but it supports the quality of life you want.
How do you juggle work and motherhood?
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