You’ve planned things well for your career and your family life. Now, it’s time to check the reality of what’s happening in your workplace and your private life. As what Shawn M. Burn Ph.D. said, “Work-life balance is important because it affects the well-being of individuals, families, and communities.” Think which part of your plan is doable and which part of it needs change. How hard is it really to achieve work-life balance in your situation now, from your workplace to your house roles?
Time To Check The Happening Inside Your House
Life as a parent, single or not, demands many things. Children often will not understand why you have to always be at work. They may accept that you don’t have enough time for them because they have no choice, but deep inside them, they struggle. There are many questions in their mind, like why you don’t have time for them.
Time To Check On Your Life On A Loop
Are you living like a robot – working hard for years where everything has been the same. Waking up each morning doing the same routines, prepare the children, prepare to go to work, work, come home, prepare the kids for bed, still do some chores while kids are asleep before you can rest yourself. Then same thing again tomorrow. Is this really what you’re meant to do?
Time To Check Your Workplace
Walking in and out of that office door several days in a week, and sitting on that same chair, browsing tons of paper works. You can hardly take the afternoon off or leave the job early for your child’s school activity, and now you’re taking on more responsibility. Is this your career goal? Organizational psychologist Jeffry Pfeffer of Stanford University argues “many organizations and corporations are so focused on profits and other efficiency indicators that they ignore workplace stress and provide insufficient vacation and sick days.”
Time To Check On Yourself
As a mother and a wife, you are obliged to take care of your partners and your children, but how about yourself? Can you still take more? Have you achieved what you have been aiming for? Is this what you really want for your life? Or is it time to make changes? “Non-procrastinators focus on the task that needs to be done,” explained Joseph Ferrari Ph.D.
Changes Will Happen One Step At A Time
Check, analyze, and see what changes are needed to be done to improve and put balance in your career and family life. Making changes is hard because routines and mindset should be broken. It means making sacrifices. It will never be easy, but if you will think of it as making compromises and prioritizing, it is doable.
Time To Instill Values in Your Kids
Home is where your heart always is. But the heart is not enough. The mind should also be present. Training your kids, giving each one responsibility, and keeping them involved will make them understand. Make house chores a time to bond. This will make house works easier for you and will give you more time to be with them and enjoy time together.
Time To Speak – Your Voice Matters
Having a voice in your workplace would be great. We are in the modern world now where though equality is still a big issue; you have the freedom to voice out your right and the freedom to choose how you want to be treated. All of us have responsibilities to take on, but taking on more than you can handle and not saying a word about it is sometimes the problem. Nothing will change in your present situation if you will not do anything about it.
Time To Leave Your Comfort Zone One Step At A Time
The reality is, making changes is never easy. It will mean coming out of your comfort zone. But if you will not take action, how will things change? How will your situation change? Reality check is not just checking on what’s wrong, but realizing that it’s about time to do something. You need to change some things for the benefit of your household, for the benefit of your workplace, and for your own.
As mentioned also in Family Very Well, balance in life is hard to achieve, but it’s the balance that will bring happiness and satisfaction. The happier you are with your life, the more comfortable your family will be. The happier you are in your workplace, the more productive, creative, and accomplished you will.