Achieving a work/life balance often seems like an impossible task. Work takes up a good part of your day, and by the time you run all your necessary errands and pick up the kids from school and extra-curricular activities, it’s tempting to hit the drive-thru for some fast food and zone out on the couch. You may even be in the habit of bringing work home with you, which results in less time for you to spend with your family.
Here are 3 tips to achieving a work/life balance:
Plan Meals Ahead
When you have some free time on the weekend, prepare some main dishes and put them in the freezer. Wash your fresh vegetables as soon as you get home from the store, and store them in airtight plastic bags. At the end of a hectic work day, you can pop a main dish into the oven, and make a salad and/or vegetable dish. Put out some whole wheat bread and you’ll be serving your family a nutritious meal.
Remember you’re not Superwoman, so don’t try to carry the load by yourself. Johnny can set the table, and Mary can make the salad while you put your feet up for a few minutes. Your husband can pick up the dry cleaning and any last-minute grocery items on his way home.
Leave Work Behind
When you are at work, give 100% effort. Once you leave work, don’t check your work email or voicemails, and don’t bring paperwork home with you. There will be some exceptions such as teachers who have to grade papers and plan lessons, but it is important to carve out as much time for yourself and your family as possible.
By following these tips, you’ll reduce your stress levels, and have the best of both worlds.