Maintaining a good work-life balance is challenging! Finding that equilibrium between responsibilities at home, and work, while meeting personal goals is no easy feat. But during the summer, it just seems extra challenging. On top of everything else, the kids are on summer break, and you want to squeeze as much time in with them as possible.
Even with summer halfway over, here are some tips to help you find that perfect work-life balance!
It’s easy to create an idyllic summer picture. But when it goes differently than you imagined, it’s easy to get disappointed, blame yourself, and sometimes give up trying altogether. When it comes to a summer work-life balance, it’s essential to give yourself permission to do it imperfectly. Strive instead for something more realistic. Work will consume some days; others will be wide open for focusing on family and friends. Some days will be a juggling act between the two. Accepting this helps you have a more relaxed, stress-free summer overall.
Setting boundaries is the most significant aspect of maintaining a work-life balance. Set boundaries with work communication after hours. Don’t be afraid to unplug from work texts and emails. Set personal boundaries and leave work problems at the door each evening. Don’t become immersed in rehashing the day or stewing about the one to come. You are the real keeper of your time and thoughts — guard them well. This way, you can enjoy each moment with your family to the fullest.
Make a Schedule
Don’t be afraid to pull out a planner and map your time. Block off time — not just for family events, job bids, and work meetings, but for your personal routines, goals, and tasks. Giving yourself a timetable and even time limits keeps you accountable and help you make little things a priority.
Take Time Off
If you have vacation days waiting for you — take them! Even if it’s only an extra Friday here and there for a three-day weekend. Taking time off is essential; it helps you recharge — mentally, emotionally, and physically. It also allows you to squeeze in quality time with your family and time with yourself.
Prioritize Your Health
Another important, though often neglected, aspect of a good work-life balance is prioritizing your health. Without good physical or mental health, you will struggle to accomplish the work and maintain the relationships that make up your life. When you take care of your body through proper diet, rest, and exercise, you feel good and have the energy to experience all the fun things on your summer bucket list!
Enjoy the Little Things
Life is full of tiny, irreplaceable moments that often are more meaningful than giant moments. So each day, take the opportunity to do one or two small, little things. Take a stroll around the neighborhood. Grab ice cream with your kids. Watch the family’s favorite movie. Spend fifteen minutes going around the dinner table sharing about your day. Embracing the little things helps you maximize each moment and maintain a good work-life balance.
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