A good work-life balance can be a real struggle for dads, especially those with small children. With never-ending demands from work and family, it can even be difficult to find some me-time. Though being a parent doesn’t come with instructions, here are our top 6 tips on how to manage your work-life balance.
PRIORITISE AND FOCUS
If you’re trying to achieve a better work-life balance, a good thing to do is to prioritise your tasks at hand. If you’re at work, try to focus on being more productive and getting your tasks done so you can get home early. Learn how to say ‘no’ to uninteresting networking events or special projects. Likewise, if you’re at home, it’s important to prioritise, turn off your work phone and emails, and enjoy a bit of quality time.
STOP BEING A WORKAHOLIC
It’s easy to get into a rhythm where you’re spending most of your evenings at the office. Take a step back to change your mindset and reflect whether you’re working too hard and it’s taking a toll on your family life – it’s all about balance.
HAVE ONE HOUR A DAY OF QUALITY FAMILY TIME
Even if you have pressing deadlines and piles of work, it’s important to spend at least one uninterrupted hour of your day with your family. It can simply be about cooking and have dinner together, reading a bedtime story or helping out with homework – whatever it is, try to be consistent.
FIND A FAMILY-FRIENDLY WORK ENVIRONMENT
If you’re starting a family, it’s important to find a job that will be flexible enough to cater for your and your kid’s needs. This doesn’t mean that your work must have an in-house nursery, but rather allow you to be flexible with your schedule so you can make doctor’s appointments, school plays and everything else that comes with being a dad.
DON’T BE SCARED OF ASKING FOR HELP
Be it family members, friends or even neighbours, it’s OK to ask for help once in a while. You may need a date night with your partner, or simply a night to yourself, so lean on those around you to give you that mental and physical space to find your balance.
Take Care of Yourself
Balancing the logistics of parenthood and work can be exhausting, so it’s important to remember to take some time out of your schedule for a bit of TLC. If you’re too stressed and not feeling your best, you won’t be able to dedicate the time you need to either work or family, so nobody wins. Enjoy a hot towel treatment at the barbershop, go out for drinks with a friend, or play your favourite sport. Whatever works best for you!