Susan McGalla wrote a guest post for Getting Balance regarding how to balance your family with your work schedule. With some determination and smart planning, you can peacefully balance out taking care of the kids with your job.
First of all, you need to allot daily downtime into your weekly schedule. This will allow you to relax, socialize and spend time with your kids. If you don’t give yourself time to relax then you will go insane trying to keep up with your responsibilities.
Secondly, you should cut out all useless activities that drain your energy. You cannot take on the whole world when you work full time and have a family. Try to avoid endless conversations or try to avoid draining, annoying people in your life.
Not only should you find time to relax, but you should find time to isolate and have complete silence. Taking a long bubble bath or a period of meditation will help clear your head. Long naps on the weekend would also be a good idea.
Plan out physical activities or workout schedules. Exercise is beneficial to your physical health, mental health and maintaining self confidence. Signing up at a nearby gym will help keep to a workout routine. You may also jog at a local park or trail.
You need to simplify all of your little tasks. If you are super busy, maybe you should consider doing your grocery shopping online instead of running to the store every day. You may also send mail or packages online and schedule pick ups instead of running to the post office.
Try not to carry too much guilt in your life. Many mothers that work full time jobs feel guilty that they are neglecting their children. You need to remain positive and assure yourself that you are being the best Mom that you can be.
You don’t need to be a perfectionist. Trying to set high goals for every aspect of your life will be a burden on yourself and your family. Prioritize what is most important in your life.
Take extended breaks from the Internet and your cellphone. With technology dominating our lives, we spend too much time playing around on the computer or cellphone. Ignore your devices and let yourself focus on real life.
Assess and simplify your day to day life. You should create schedules and assess the most efficient ways to run your life. Most importantly, you just need to go out and live life.
You need to avoid stressful, jumbled mornings. Have a concise plan for what to do every morning and avoid unnecessary headaches. It may help to do chores and make meals the night before instead of cramming everything in the morning.
Susan McGalla is an expert in American retail clothing stores. Susan McGalla has held many management positions for American Eagle in the span of 15 years. She also move on to becoming the Chief Merchandising Officer and later the President of the company. Susan McGalla now works for the e-commerce clothing store for the Pittsburgh Steelers as the Director of Strategic Planning and Growth.