Work-Life Balance for the Working Woman
Here are some tips to balancing career & life for the working woman:
🧘🏻♀️Prioritising: Try to figure out your unavoidable responsibilities, both professional and personal— and find out other areas of work that can be easily avoided. For example: being with your child, partner or pet after long hours at your desk with the laptop or pc, might be more important on some days than picking up groceries, consider getting them home delivered instead.
🧘🏻Keeping your Employer Informed: A lot of trouble can be saved when you keep your employer informed. If your office hours clash with your family life, especially if you are starting a family, dealing with health issues, etc. Try to look for an alternative solution like flexible working hours or working from home. Everyone appreciates honesty, and instead of burning yourself out and overworking, let your colleagues and boss know your problem.
🧘🏻♀️Drawing a Line: Learn to say no. Say no to things that do not align with your priorities. Set boundaries for work and your personal life so that you can thrive in every role you play. Don't mix work with family or Me time. Separate the two so that you can work better and enjoy off days with no guilt.
🧘🏻♀️Mastering the Art of Delegation: You can do whatever you put your mind to, but you also don't have to do everything. Asking for help or delegating when you feel overwhelmed or burdened does not mean you are missing out or giving up, it just means you have to acknowledge your limit before you burnout. For example, you want to take care of your family but getting a helper to do daily chores or babysit can prove to be a lifesaver. Similarly, you can't do everything at work, delegate certain responsibilities to your colleagues at your workplace that can be handled by them. It’s okay to ask for help when you need it.
🧘🏻♀️Making Time for Yourself: Something that seems impossible to those who juggle multiple roles in life. Whether you are a mom of kids or pets or plants, just starting a family, a single working mother, woman in business, politics or any job position for that matter, the struggle to make time for oneself is strongly felt and related to. Despite this being the norm, slicing out a slot for 'Yourself' is very important. Make it a promise to yourself to do something nice for You. Go get a massage, watch reruns of your favourite TV series, read a book, go for a walk, or just do nothing at all. Learn to take care of yourself because only then you would be able to take care of your family and your work.
Maintaining a work-life balance requires constant adjustments, compromises, and sacrifices. Make the most of the time and energy at your disposal, but remember to stop and catch a breath. The life of a woman in the fast lane requires a deeper understanding of oneself and ones priorities. The more you know what works for you, the better you prioritise for things that matter, the more balance you achieve.
We would love to know any tips or methods you use to wind down or make your life more balanced, so feel free to leave us comments and share your thoughts!
Ruth is the Content Writer & Media Executive at Social Donut 101 based in India.
She is a writing, design, and pizza enthusiast and has a hard time resisting cake.