We hate to say it but life isn’t quite the beach party it used to be. These days it’s all rush hours, demanding clients, extended hours and never-ending checklists. Gone are the days when ‘nine-to-five’ actually meant from 9am until 5pm because there is just too much to do and too many people to see but what does this mean for family life in 2017? It means an increased need to be flexible, fluid and adaptable to the many changes that comes with modern working life, particularly as a modern working parent.
The pressures of this can put immense strain on the family unit so it’s reassuring to know that companies like Slater Gordon are on hand if legal matters do ever come to light. However with the right balance between your professional and personal lives, many of these unnecessary upsets can be easily avoided. Here are our top #FamilyMadeSimple tips on striking that perfect balance because we can all do with a nudge in the right direction from time to time.
Don’t sacrifice quality time for overtime
When you’re contending with a to-do list as long as your arm and it just seems like there aren’t enough hours in the day, it can be tempting work through your evenings and weekends. Overtime and additional hours can seem like a great idea when you want to ease up your workload or secure some extra cash in your monthly pay packet but have you ever stopped to think what you might be missing out on when it comes to your family?
Sure, work beyond the call of duty from time to time but make sure you aren’t compromising your personal relationships just keep your clients and colleagues happy. Try setting aside a set amount of time each evening and at least one day a week that is solely dedicated to catching up with your loved ones. Shut your computer down, put your phone on silent and disappear off the digital radar for a while to ensure you’re staying in the familial loop.
Respect routine whenever you can
As well as respecting that all-important quality time, it’s essential to keep a solid routine in place when possible, especially when young children are involved. You might be taking each day as it comes and be perfectly successful in a more sporadic lifestyle but when there are little ones in the mix, consistency is key. Take a break from your evening emails to read them a story before bed, make sure they’re always aware of who will be picking them up from school and when, and try to make sure that you share phone-free family meal times as much as your schedule will allow.
Don’t be afraid to ask relatives to muck in
As much as we’d all like to be, we aren’t superheroes with magical forces of multitasking that mean we can be in ten places at once. When duty calls and you just can’t be there to carry out the school run, pick your teens up from a Friday night music concert or put the baby to bed, don’t be afraid to ask for help.
Childcare is a notoriously challenging topic of late so asking for help can seem a little daunting but not when the best kind of assistance is closer to home than you might think. Grandparents, aunties, uncles and godparents are all great examples of the kind of people who could lighten the load for you while still giving your loved ones the security and sanctuary of a family network. So if you’ve got relatives who are available to take the slack from time to time, let them – you’ll probably find they’ll snap your hand off for the opportunity!
This post is in association with Slater and Gordon