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Balancing Work, Life, & Love

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In my opinion, there is no secret formula to maintaining a good work and home balance. I am someone who has struggled with this for some time now. I tend to be an all or nothing person and over the years I have really realized the areas that I need to give more attention to and work on. There is no doubt that I'm a workaholic. A part of me feels like I could miss something if I don't check my emails or answer that call. At the same time, the house becomes a mess, the dog gets naughtier, and Adam feels left out if I don't give enough attention to my home life.
I'd like to say that I have finally mastered this balance, but that's far from the truth. Instead, I have successfully kept working on it to maintain a balance where everyone is happier. Below are a few tips and tricks on how I am achieving this balance, if you have more, share below!

1 // Keep your work phone away or off.
I am the queen of always checking my phone. I am always refreshing my emails to make sure I am up-to-date. One thing I realized is that most things can wait until the next day. I put my work phone on silent and keep it in my purse. I will still check it throughout the night (because I like to!), but mostly I keep it tucked away until the morning. If you have your work and personal phone together, put that phone away for a few hours!

2 // Allocate time to things that are important to you.
There are some things that are too important not to allocate some attention to. This could be one on one time with your spouse or significant other, or it could be as simple as walking the dog or doing chores. I realized that I'm not superwoman...I simply cannot finish every task in one night. I break up things I want to accomplish throughout the week. For example, I love doing laundry (weird, right?) but I hate doing the dishes. These both need to be done throughout the week. I dedicate one task to each night during the week. It works, and gets the job done (that way I'm not overloaded on the weekend).
3 // Spend quality time.
Whether it's 15 minutes for dinner, 30 minutes going for a walk, or going on a quick ice cream run, I've found it crucial to spend quality time together. Make sure your phones are put away and the other person has your undivided attention. With our busy schedules it's rare that we get a "date night." Instead, we fine small increments of time where we can be together.

4 // Finish the big rocks first.
There are tasks, chores, and projects that need to be completed; both at home and at the office. I have found it necessary to make a list of the most important things that need to be done first and complete those first. These are the tasks that generally impact someone else. For example, the dog needs to be walked or taken outside to play every night. If not, he gets rowdy, naughty, and a pup without exercise. After dinner, this is the next most important task that needs to be completed so I do that first.

I think the most important tip is knowing you just can't do it all. I'd like to think I was related to Wonder Woman in some alternate universe but I'm not. I have found my limits and when I am overwhelmed and just can't take anything else, I put things away and take time for myself (this happens frequently). I always remind myself that the work will get done, the laundry will get folded, the dishes will be unloaded, the dog will settle down, and you will have time to relax.

What are your tips and tricks for balancing work and home life? Share below!

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