Achieving the perfect balance of work and life has proven to be a myth in today’s world. Many times I’ve believed that if 2-3 things fall into place, then I’ll finally be caught up and won’t worry about work stuff at home. I’ve even had occasional times of feeling great about my progress at work, but realized that laundry is piled up, the dog needs grooming, and the dishwasher isn’t draining right. But this blog isn’t designed to be a discouragement … there’s hope, and here are 4 tips to help you navigate balancing work and home responsibilities.
- Establish clear priorities. For most all of us, that means articulating that faith, family, and health are all important priorities that should come ahead of work. As important as ministry is to the kingdom, balancing work and home means identifying what is most important.
- Set boundaries. Once you identify priorities, you must draw a line in the sand. No one will protect time with your family for you.
- Reinforce your priorities and boundaries with your behavior and choices. Many well-meaning co-workers or church members will take up time in your schedule that you’ve intended for other priorities, unless you guard that time. For me, it requires using a word that is sometimes hard to say … and that is “no.’
- Acknowledge that you won’t be perfect. We all have seasons where there’s more demands from work, so realize that and know that balancing work and home is not an exact science. There are also seasons when we have illness, grief, vacation, or school activities for children. Know that from time to time, there will be more time required by one area than the other, but you can still honor your priorities and return to your normal boundaries after that season.