Committed fathers love spending time with their children, but with today’s pressures of work and other priorities, work life balance can be difficult for fathers.Here are some important resources for fathers to help make work life balance work for them and their families
Keep time and track of time
It is important to plan your time well and track time in your activities in order to maximize on it and hence have more free time to attend to leisure and recreation activities.
Say No to the Unimportant
One of the favorite stories from management guru and mentor Stephen Covey is about the gracious way his wife has learned to say “no” to the mountain of requests she gets to help with worthy causes. Work life balance cannot be successful without effective priority setting. Learn ways to set priorities on the things that matter most and to say “no” to the things that matter least.
Take Care of Yourself: Health and Wellness Tips for Dads
Sometimes, the things that suffer in our busy lives have to do with our own personal health. Fast food, while a convenient time saver, can lead to weight and health problems. Managing your personal health is essential to balancing work and life. Find out the keys to improving and maintaining your personal health and wellness.
Get a Checkup
Speaking of the importance of health and wellness to finding balance in your life, it’s important to stay in touch with your physician as well. Review your checkups calendar to see if it is time for a physical test. Being informed about your health is an important part of work life balance.
Stop Being A Workaholic
If you have already found yourself in an addictive pattern with your job, it is time to get out of that habit and commit more time at home. Learn the warning signs of workaholism and the best ways to climb out of that rut so you can find yourself at home more and make more time for better work life balance.
Simplify Your Life
Life tends to get pretty complex, especially for fathers trying to balance so many demands. I was inspired recently by a friend and his wife who set about to simplify their lives and to make more time for the things that were really important to them. He felt that his life and work had never been more balanced than when he started to simplify. This article talks about the whys and hows of getting back to a simpler approach to daily living.
Find a Family Friendly Workplace
It is always inspiring to read about workplaces that recognize that their employees are real people with real needs that they are “humans” not just “human resources.” Find out how to identify and select an employer who will be friendly to your family commitments and support your work life balance priorities.
Try every with your family to make sure you eat at least one meal a day together. It doesn’t always work, but make an effort. Learn more about the work life balance benefits and methods for making a mealtime together work for your family.
Join a Fathers’ Support Group
Feeling like you need a little emotional support or connection with other dads? Being a part of a fathers’ group can help you find ideas for better work life balance and for reducing the stress of parenthood. If you cannot find one try and spend time with other fathers whom you admire or look up to and ask them for advice, ideas and tips on how to enjoy fatherhood.
Start Having Family Night
Set aside one night a week to be together – no interruptions, no excuses. If you have to modify work schedules, set aside other demands and spend the evening together. This is a good time to share what has been going on, bond and have a fun relaxed bonding session.