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Chapter 5. Your Career In the Balance > Balancing Work, Family, and You

Balancing Work, Family, and You

Balancing your job, family, and you is more than a tightrope walk. Some days it's more like an audition for Cirque de Soleil. You balance your steps, wobble a bit, and hold on tight by your toes. To close this chapter, we leave you with a few tips for staying up on your wire:

  • Establish and keep a workable routine in your household so that everyone knows what to expect.

  • Get up before the kids and take care of your needs first.

  • Have your day organized the night before.

  • Keep in contact with your children's teachers via email.

  • Take notice of the things that stress you out and eliminate whatever you can (kids and spouse not included).

  • You don't have to say yes to everything; in fact, practice saying the word no in the mirror. Make the commitments that matter most.

  • Find the time to play and just relax. You not only deserve it, you need it.

  • Divvy up the household chores with everyone. Even little ones can help out in some way.

  • Build an exercise routine into your life.

  • Hire a babysitter and go out as a couple at least once a month.

  • Stop procrastinating and start doing what needs to get done. Even a little bit at a time is better than having anxiety over a growing “to-do” list.

  • As cliché as it sounds—don't sweat the small stuff.

  • Focus on all that's positive in your life.


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