If you’re a working woman, mom, wife, daughter, running her own business, then this one’s for you! Have you become a workaholic – living breathing, sleeping in manic work-life mode? This one’s for you!
Working on your business means you lose a sense of work-life balance, a perpetual sense of guilt, making up for long work hours by giving your family erratic & disruptive chunks of your time when you tear yourself away to remind you that life will speed by and … it’s not them who will miss you, but you who will miss them. So, catch this time now before it slips through your fingers.
3 Things to Positive Life Changes That Might Help
Easier said than done you say? Here’s how you can try. (And they’re tried and tested by yours truly by the way). Yeah, I wouldn’t give you something I didn’t explore myself first! So here we go!
1. Switch Off Completely
When you engage, try to switch off from work completely – mentally & physically. If you’re going to be with them at the dinner table (which you should be) keep your phone away, don’t answer phone calls and instead, enter into work-free conversations. You’ll be surprised how much you missed the interaction. And you’ll be sharper when you go back to work btw!
2. Plan Outings Over the Weekend
Whether it’s going for a walk, brunching, lunching or watching a movie at home. A plan, a message on the family chat ensures that everyone, including yourself are serious about leisure time as much as work time. Gone are the days when families randomly watched movies together. These are tough times & busy days. So, accept reality and plan for that time together. The conversations that follow will be spontaneous, even if the time was planned. And that’s what counts!
3. Do Chores Together
Recycling, weekly groceries, shopping for a household product or doing the football run. Couples & families that shop together, argue together, can’t do things with or without each other, stay together. There’s bonding in arguments too & decision making & being in it ‘together’. The best time we spend is doing the mundane, pause for coffee on a weekly grocery run, shop for a new sofa or washing machine – all these are shared experiences that make a home, a family and tear you away from work, which you won’t realize you needed till you do it!
It is easier said than done that men need the same work advice as women, but sometimes, hard as we try, we have to acknowledge that we are a society in transition. Even where men move to pitch in, the final family bonding often rests upon a woman’s shoulders, at least in the present day. Hence, there’s no harm in making positive life changes that your better half would do well to follow too! Somebody’s gotta start, right?
So, bring life back into your work! Yes, you can!