Work and life balance is something that everyone wants to achieve. You want to feel good about the work you do, but you also don’t want work to take over your whole life. So what do you do? Here are some steps that may help you find that balance you are wishing for.
1. Let go
You cannot do everything! Yes, you want to be successful, be a great mom, a great nurse, an athlete, a health freak, a homeschool teacher for your kids, a DIY professional, and everything else. It is just unrealistic. Let go of the unrealistic expectations you put on yourself and give yourself a break.
2. Make every moment count
Although many people say that multi-tasking is not possible, I disagree when it comes to being a mom and a nurse. Anyone that doesn’t know, is not a mom or a nurse obviously. Multi-tasking is sometimes what we as mothers and nurses HAVE To do. But there is an efficient way of doing it.
When you are driving to and from work, listen to that podcast you wanted to, or make that call you had to make and get it out of the way. While you are making dinner, send the kids on a fun “mission” to find all of their belongings around the house and put them away or see who can get the table ready the fastest. Wash the dishes while you are on a phone call. If you are waiting for your dog to do his thing in the yard, do 10 squats or pushups, or go for a walk on your lunch break. Order groceries to be delivered to your house to save time on going to the store.
These are just some things you can do without even thinking to make your life so much easier. If you incorporate little things into your normal routine you are maximizing your time!
3. Make YOU time
Make time for you. Whatever you like to do, it is important to incorporate that into your schedule, or else you probably won’t do it. Schedule dates in advance with friends, family, fun activities for you and your partner and worry about the details later. It is important to get those things on the books, because when the time comes and you don’t have it scheduled, you most likely will find other things that you “need” to do.
Promise yourself you are going to go for a walk, run, or even a short exercise even just a few times a week to boost your serotonin and your confidence. Eat healthy, but treat yourself sometimes too. Schedule that massage or facial you have been wanting to do for 3 years. Take a few minutes to walk away or actually take your lunch break to recoup.
4. Don’t procrastinate
Do not put things off until later unless you need to. You know they say, there is no better time than the present! Waiting until the last minute to do little things can put a lot of pressure on you later on, which can add stress that you simply don’t need. Get things done as soon as you can, and recruit others in your family to help you. Think of it as family bonding time.
At work, procrastination is definitely not a good idea. It leads to staying later hours, people getting angry because you haven’t gotten to them yet, and maybe your boss getting on you about it too.
5. Find a schedule that works for you and your family
If you can find a job with an alternate schedule that works for you and your family, do it. Don’t be afraid to continue to look for something else that will fit your needs better. If you can work remote, do it if it means more time with your family or no commute time. Maybe it will work better for you to only work three 12 hour shifts or four 10’s. Maybe your family will work better with you on night shift. It just depends on what you need. Discuss it with your partner or family and decide what works best. In my opinion it doesn’t hurt to look, especially if it will benefit you in your work and life balance.