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How to Create Strategies for Work Life Balance

 

When you are a work at home mom, you must decide what work-life balance means and then develop strategies for work/life balance so that you can work without driving yourself and your family crazy. Work must be done and you must give your family good quality time and good quantities of time. It is a balancing act that you must figure out for yourself.

 

If you want to be happy and successful – answer the question what does work-life balance mean in your world.

 

It is not easy to be a work at home mom. When your home also houses your office space, it may be hard to take care of work without ignoring your obligations at home and hard to take care of home without ignoring your obligations at work. When trying to figure our how to balance work and home, it is important to realize there is no one size fits all solution. Balance means different things to different people. Additionally, the balancing act changes based upon the obligations a person has at a particular time. For example, if you have a big project due for a client or the business is at a critical juncture for some reason, the priority will be at work rather than at home. If your spouse is ill, it is graduation time for one child and prom season for another, your priority will be on things close to home and work will be put on the back burner for a time.

When balancing two areas of responsibility, it is important to note that balance does not mean things get divided 50/50. The following story illustrates the point perfectly;

If my husband and I need to move a table that weighs 100 pounds, we will need to work together. At my best, I can only life 40 pounds at a time. My husband can lift 60 pounds with ease. If we both use our best efforts, we can move that table all day every day and twice on Sundays. If my husband wants me to do work that is equal to his work, we will never move the table. I cannot lift the 50 pounds. But I can lift the 40 pounds all day long. So, dividing the job 50/50 will not work. In this case a 50/50 plan is not a balancing scheme that will work. In this case, real balance mean more work will be done by one side than the other.

 

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  • I am always struggling with balancing things in my life. It is really difficult sometimes, and I don't always succeed. But you have to keep trying, and eventually you can find a split that works for you.

  • The older I get, the more balanced I feel. I think you figure out what is really important and ditch the rest.

  • you know i used to hear people talk about work life balance all the time.However it wasnt until recently that I really knew what that meant in my life. its so important

  • Wow, nice strategies. Having a work life balance is really difficult!

  • I believe I've found the right balance at my house. Of course, it helps that the kids are grown and flown.

  • Wow that was so beautifully put!!!! I feel like so much of the time between my hustand and I we feel that we each have to put 50/50 to everything and it totally doesnt! Thank you. I feel like we could get a little more creative now.

  • Excellent strategies! If we all work together it would make such a difference in more than just the work place.

  • Since I work from home, the way I try to maintain balance between work and home is by setting a schedule and sticking to it. I take some time in the morning to work while my kid is eating breakfast and doing morning chores. Then I run errands and spend time with my kid throughout the day. When I put my kid to bed, I go back and finish work for the day. This schedule works most days.

  • I used to let the scale tip too much towards work. I just had a fabulous afternoon to myself. I need to do more of this!!

  • Balance is never easy. I hear my hubby tell me all the time that I need to learn to balance things more. This is super-helpful and I hope to try harder

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