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Balance – If You Can Do It, Share Your Secret

Learn the secret of how to successfully balance work and home and share it with others. Modern women do a lot! It doesn’t matter if you are a stay at home mom, a work at home mom, or a working outside the house mom, there are a lot of balls in the air. Most women are trying to balance all the balls while skating up hill in roller skates. However, there are some women, a precious few women, who are able to do the balancing act with style, grace and calm. These special women, these heroines have a few secrets that can help all women balance home, work and life.

 

The following are a few tips those who are successful at balancing use that can help you balance all you have to balance:

* Make a schedule that divides time between all your areas of responsibility
* Share your schedule with those at home and work
* Be sure the schedule includes your personal, professional and family obligations
* Do not accept new responsibilities, obligations or appointments without checking your schedule first
* Adjust the schedule as needed
* Stick to your schedule

It is important to acknowledge that balance does not happen without work. You must set  boundaries that works for you. When preparing your new balanced schedule, it is important that you be realistic. There are only 24 hour in each day. No matter who you are, how important you are, or how significant your responsibilities may be, there are only 24 hours in each day.  It may be helpful to look at making your schedule the way you would look at writing an essay. In other words, start with a rough draft where you sketch out in broad terms the hours that will be spent on work, at home, on personal matters and on family matters. Once you have the big picture planned on your calendar, fill in the details. For example, if you are a work at home mom with children who go to school and a spouse who works outside the home, you may find it is  good idea to schedule your professional work first thing in the mornings on weekdays while the children are at school so that your professional work is done before the children and all their interruptions return. Household chores can be done later in the day. It would be better for the children to run around laughing and playing during laundry than conference calls for example.

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  • Balance is a hard thing. I just give it my best shot everyday. That includes making schedules that I try to stick to but some days are definitely more go with the flow!

  • i like sharing my wisdom. i'm not an expert in anything but i know a thing or two about a thing or two

  • I really need to work on making schedules. I have so much going on it is hard to keep track.

  • I am terrible at making schedules. I never actually stick to them.. that's probably why I waste so much time in a day. I need to get better at making them and sticking to them!

  • These are great tips. We use a calendar to keep track of things and make sure we find that balance.

  • Great tips! Schedules are so important. I start my day with a to-do list and I try really hard to keep to it.

  • Schedules are so important. It helps to keep from overbooking my time.

  • Balance is something that you have to work on every single day. I work from home, and if I'm not careful my work bleeds into my home life.

  • Balance is what I am struggling with right now. Finding the time to get caught to start balancing is really the issue for me.

  • I am struggling with this right now. I like the idea of sharing my schedule with others, especially so they can help hold me accountable when I don't stop working. Thank you for this!

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