Balancing work and home life can be challenging. Men and women with home based businesses and young children are faced with the challenge of juggling the tasks involved in maintaining their career and successfully running a household.
This issue is one that many daycare providers or those that own childcare centers face. Fortunately, there are many strategies that can help maintain this balance successfully. Lesley Pyle, founder and president of the National Association of Home-Based Working Moms provides a host of strategies for working parents in this informative interview.
OwnADaycare: What are some suggestions that can help women balance work and home life? Specifically, how can working women help mornings run more smoothly? How can they make the most of their time in the evenings? And how can they effectively manage relationships with caregivers and improve school involvement?
Lesley Pyle: Develop a schedule.
- Decide what hours you will work and what hours you will have for yourself and your family. Try to stick to this plan.
- Use a time management planner with to-do lists to plan your day, prioritize your tasks and keep you on track.
- Make sure you plan for time with your kids and plan for time with your spouse. Plan time for at least a couple of date nights with your spouse each month too.
- Plan all of your errands, housework and other personal responsibilities for one day of the week if possible.
- Hire a housekeeper or an assistant to help you if you have the resources to do so.
Periodically review how you are spending your time. Make sure each aspect of your life is getting the attention it needs. That includes: taking good care of yourself, your health, your faith, spouse, children, your business or job, home, hobbies, etc.
Don’t continually sacrifice time with your spouse or your children to work on your job or business. If you are constantly over-extended or over-worked, decide where you need help. You may need to hire a babysitter, a housekeeper or ask for help from your family. Don’t allow your job or business to consume you. You can only do so much in one day. Don’t be afraid to say no to things you don’t have time for.
Part 2 of the Interview with Lesley Pyle can be found here.
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