South Africa has many things to boast about – and successful women top the list!
If you’re a working woman, you’ll know all about the demands of the workplace, as well as the importance of taking care of your family. The key is to avoid making too many sacrifices.
This brings us to ask … how do you find the perfect balance? To celebrate Women’s Month, let’s look at a few considerations:
Balancing Work and Home Life as a Career Woman
Ask for help
After a long day at work, being stuck in traffic and still having to cook can easily leave you feeling overwhelmed. A poll conducted by Pharma Dynamics among 900 working mothers in South Africa has found that most of them spend almost 80 hours a week on work and home responsibilities. No wonder they feel stretched beyond breaking point. Nobody said the balancing act is an easy task, so try to make things easier for yourself. If your kids are little, ask granny or a nanny to help out with them so you have more time to relax and spend time with your family after a long and demanding shift at work.
Outsource time-consuming tasks
Yes, you were born with impressive multitasking skills, but keep in mind that you can’t do it all. If you run a business, outsource some essential tasks to someone who is qualified to do them. Consider asking a retired person who may enjoy the involvement.
Focus on the task at hand
If you have a long list of things to do, focus on one thing at a time. The more things you try to squeeze in, the less you may get done. If you’re working on an important project and have important deadlines, be fully present, and avoid distractions like a buzzing cellphone. If it’s not an urgent text or call, it can wait.
Schedule valuable you-time
It’s easy to get sucked into your work and forget about your personal needs. Taking care of yourself will allow you to relax and regenerate so that you are much better able to take care of the demands of work and family. Whether you choose to unwind with a therapeutic massage, have a workout at the gym, sleep for a few more hours over the weekend, or meet a friend for a lazy lunch. Doing something unrelated to work will help you to reload the batteries and be ready to tackle the next task.
Yes – you’re a woman who proudly gives her full attention to work and family. But don’t be too hard on yourself. Take some time out to reflect on all you’ve achieved in the last few years – acknowledge your accomplishments and set future goals. You’ll relish your successes and develop new objectives to keep you growing in all areas of your life.
Whatever business you’re in, make sure you have comprehensive business insurance so that you are covered for all eventualities. And, if you don’t work from home, make sure that you have comprehensive contents insurance to cover all your valuables. With insurance you will have one less thing to stress about – so make that call today!
This post is sponsored by MiWay