Having a work and life balance that works well for your family can be tough. There are different demands on time, and depending on the setup of your family, can have times that are much busier and tougher than others. As life has been somewhat more quiet over the past year or so, things will slowly start to get busy again, with after school clubs starting again, busier weekend plans with another household, and sports matches and sports training all starting up again. So how can you make sure that you still have a good work and life balance, when things get busy? Here are some things to think about.
A family calendar
Whether you choose to have a digital shared calendar or a large family wall calendar, it can help everyone be aware of what is going on and when it is meant to be going on. When all family members can check on things, there is no excuse for getting mixed up or forgetting things. It shouldn’t always be down to mum or dad!
Get help when needed
There are times in life that we need a little more help. It may be that you need more help with lifts and driving children to different clubs. If that is the case, is there a childcare bubble that you could form with others? You could also look for other kinds of help, such as getting a cleaner for the home if that side of things is always neglected. You could always look at a site like primecarers.co.uk if you have an elderly loved one who you just can’t commit the time to care for them as needed right now. Things change, and some times are busier than others. If you need help, make sure that you get some.
You may not normally be someone who writes out lists. But as you may be a little out of practice of life being busy, it can really help to write out some lists. It could be items to add to the shopping list or lists of things that you need to do around the home. When things are written down, it means that you don’t have to remember them in your head. When this happens, it means that you can be much more stress-free, which is a must when you’re feeling busy.
Cook and buy in bulk
At the end of a busy day of work and family life, you don’t want to have to think about what is for dinner. That is why it is such a good idea to buy items in bulk, as well as cook food in bulk. When you do this you can often have leftovers or food ready to go from the freezer, when you’ve previously cooked a recipe in bulk. You can find batch cooking recipes at sites like this one: bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/collection/batch-cooking-recipes. Leave it all day to defrost and cook in the slow cooker and you’re good to go. Small things like this can make a big difference which is what we all need when life is busy.