Is it possible to balance homelife and work? There are many families with two incomes, families where both parents work outside the home. Balancing the burden of both, though, sometimes requires some creative juggling.
How can one be both satisfied at home, but maintain an advancing career?
First, remember that a job should not be so drastically overwhelming that it leaves no time for family maintenance. Establish rules, for example, that you will not bring home work with you on weekends, and devote that time to enjoying your family. Boundaries are important to have, not only for your children, but for yourself as well. You must have time to focus on things other than your career, and establishing boundaries is a good way to go about doing so. Make a note to turn off the computer Sunday mornings, and try to make it routine to eat dinner together. Eating around the family table is vitally important to the well-being of a family, and gives you the opportunity to reconnect, to discuss events of the day, to refocus on areas the family needs to strengthen itself.
Also, consider establishing a family game night, to have one evening a week where you can concentrate on relaxing and enjoying quality time together, without the distraction of the television. Play games that require using creative-thinking and team-building skills, as these skills will transition over into the corporate environment.
Take your time, as well, from your busy workday to contact your family, even if it is just briefly. Text message a love note to your spouse, or leave a brief note of praise on your son’s Facebook wall. Small gestures though they are, it is this kind of love token that reassures your family that you love them, that you are thinking of them, and that you wish you could be with them.
These sorts of things will help you maintain connection with your family, while helping you find focus and inspiration at work.