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Many of us are on the hunt for the perfect balance between our professional careers and our parental careers. Whether you’re a first-time parent or a seasoned parent, the search can be a long one. One of the biggest lessons of being a working parent is learning to expect and accept changes and expect and accept errors in both worlds. Human error is inevitable and no one can be everywhere at once or a jack of all trades. There are, however, ways to nail the perfect work-parenting balance for you; We’re here to help you get there.
Getting into the perfect routine for working and parenting can be a struggle. The perfect routine for one working parent may not be the perfect routine for another, and this is important to keep in mind. Don’t compare your routine as a working parent to anyone else’s. What’s going to work best for you, your life, and your work is going to be dependent on the unique needs of you, your family, and your job.
With the popularity of remote working, the line between parent and worker has gotten unbelievably thin. While in some circumstances, you have the ability to be more present in your child’s daily routine and can more easily juggle school pick-ups and drop-offs, the flip side is not having a clear separation of responsibilities. Giving too much of yourself in one area can leave another area half-empty.
So, how do you create a clear division between who you are in your career and who you are as a parent? How do you create your own perfect routine? For starters, it can’t be done alone. Your company plays a big part in your ability to be your best self and it's crucial to be in a working environment that supports you as a parent just as much as they support you as a worker. Let’s get into how company culture, time management, and mental health all play a vital role in creating your perfect routine.
Company culture plays a big role in the success of working parents. For example, a company that supports working parents will be transparent, understanding, and flexible. Action items a company can take to ensure these characteristics are practiced include things like an open and honest communication system between leadership and employees, flexible schedules, and specialized programs.
At Integrant, we offer all of the above. To highlight one of our own specialized programs, our Body Mind Soul (BMS) Program promotes the practice of a healthy work-life balance. This program offers employees workshops on how to sustain good habits leading to a harmonious balance between work and personal goals.
Another one of our action items is a flexible work schedule and environment. Our CEO Yousef believes in finding the best ways to support each individual employee and then going the extra mile to ensure these ideas are implemented. One example is our hybrid environment. While much of the world is still in a remote mode we’re looking to a future of hybrid options for all employees. Our plans include more offices in closer proximity to our team members and the option to take part in a hybrid work model.
In the end, who you work for will have a big impact on how you interact with and enjoy your personal life. We encourage you to look for these traits in your current and future work opportunities. The best way to assess a company's commitment to your personal and professional success is by asking them questions regarding their commitment during your interview process.
Time management: something everyone knows they can benefit from but only some learn to perfect. We get it, sometimes no matter how much you plan, time just is not on your side. To help out with time management and optimal productivity we’ve curated these five tips.
The practice of timeboxing can help to break up your personal and professional tasks in a way that makes them more approachable. Looking at everything you have to do during a day or week can be daunting and many people get less done the more overwhelmed they feel. With timeboxing, you can break up your tasks into achievable portions of time as opposed to just leaving hours of the day to get things done. For example, set yourself a 30-minute timer for emails, a 25-minute timer for house chores, and a two-hour timer dedicated to a current project. These smaller sections will help you accomplish more throughout your day.
Most of us aren’t emotionally or physically available and eager to work 24 hours a day. We’re not superhumans after all. One time management tip is to get to know your strongest working hours. If you feel the most motivated between the hours of 6 am-10 am, schedule your most trying tasks during those hours. Don’t set yourself up for failure. Get to know yourself and then plan your day accordingly.
Studies from various universities have shown that taking breaks helps improve productivity and employee satisfaction. The same thing goes for working parents. You don’t have to be on the go 24/7. No one can function like that long-term. Making time for breaks throughout your day can help ease the stress of work and parent life and help you stay on track for your daily to-dos. Breaks don’t make you less than, they make you better.
Go into each week knowing what has to be done and what you’d like to get done. Have an important doctor's appointment or parent/teacher conference this week? Work your day around that. Have an important project deadline? Make time for that. Some things inevitably have to give when it comes to life as a working parent. Give yourself the grace to prioritize the most important and schedule the less pressing tasks for a day with fewer stressors.
Everyone has respective work and personal commitments, and sometimes we all need a little help or a little more time. There’s no shame in keeping your team up-to-date with the heaviness of your current schedule and letting people know you might need more time on a particular project or to attend a game or recital. Setting yourself up for a successful routine includes sharing your workload and pressing commitments with your team members and leadership.
Last and certainly not least, your mental health is a critical part of being a successful working parent. How you are doing emotionally directly impacts the way you perform in all areas of your life even if you don’t immediately notice it. Many people put their own well-being to the wayside when it comes to being a parent and a worker. We’re here to remind you to stop. Without proper care for your mental health, you can’t be the best version of yourself. Even if it means just taking five minutes every day to assess yourself and how you’re feeling, it’s crucial that we remember to care for ourselves.
Of course, all we have discussed in this blog can also have an impact on your mental health. Working in a supportive environment, nailing down time management, and creating time for yourself all affect the way your mind and body feel. Always make sure you take the time you need to cater to your own needs as you do for your family and work.
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