Another great challenges to any full-time member of the workforce is the challenge of balancing one’s life at home and at work. If you have struggled with this in the past, you already know how hard it can be to maintain that delicate balance without ticking off your boss or suffering through another fight with your loved ones. Luckily, there are some tips you can follow to help you alleviate this tension between the domains of home and work.
Living With Children and a Spouse
If you live with children and a spouse, you may already feel guilty sometimes about not spending enough time with them.
Examine areas of your work life that can be reduced or eliminated without losing your job. For example, if you constantly stay late at work on Friday nights, you could try to do the hardest, most necessary and most time-consuming tasks first on Friday mornings and then work your way down the list. When it’s time to go, you may just find that the most important things are done and everything else can be put off until Monday. Also, remember to step back and honestly evaluate what is important and what isn’t so important.
Living With Parents
You may be relatively young, and still live with your parents, for financial reasons or to take care of them. In this case, you should decide how much time you want or need to spend around them and ensure that work does not override this need. If your parents have been hinting that they’d like to see you more and you’re agreeable to this, find ways to separate yourself from work, make yourself unavailable for overtime shifts, or do whatever else it takes to spend more time around them.
Living With a Partner
Perhaps you are living away from most of your family, but share your place with a sweetheart. In this case, you have to be sensitive to how much time he or she feels entitled to spend with you. Some people are very clingy, while others are very independent, but most fall somewhere in between. If necessary, sit down and have a conversation with your partner addressing how they feel about your work hours and even asking for help to change them if possible. Set aside time on a regular basis to go on a date with them, even if you are already married. You might be amazed at what this can do for your relationship!
Living By Yourself/With Pets
If you live on your own, you are lucky to be a little more free than many full-time workers. You can spend as much time at work as you would like, except if you have pets. Remember to keep a consistent routine as much as possible so they get fed, walked or cared for at the same time each day. This will help keep them reassured that you are returning home for them. If you have no pets, you should figure out how much time you want to spend at home, relaxing with yourself for company! There’s no use in burning yourself out just because you don’t have anyone to go home to.
Balancing your full-time job with your home life is a tricky task, but with time and practice it becomes easier to master. Take into account your individual situation and remember to take time off when you need to preserve your own mental health.