Kailynn Bowling, ChicExecs Marketing Agency’s Co-Founder/Co-President shares her tips and advice on finding the balance between home and work on Forbes blog.
It’s the eternal struggle: Parents fight every day for balance between their lives as professionals and their duties as involved parents. But some days, it feels like you just can’t win. The pile of dirty laundry is several feet high. Your clients are calling you after hours in a panic, and you can barely think about getting through the day, let alone the workweek.
As tough as it can be, a balance between home and work is critical. This not only makes your home life more enjoyable and less chaotic, but it helps you be more productive at work, too. How do you streamline your home life to be less chaotic? Instead of reading more parenting books, look to your 9-to-5 job for the answer.
That’s right: You can run your home like a business. After all, when you run a business, you’re orchestrating people and tasks. Are client deliverables really that different than getting Olivia to take out the trash? Not really. So appoint yourself as the CEO of your home and whip the household into shape.
Go from Chaos to Boss in Your Home
1. Divide tasks by job title. If you want something done, you need to assign it to one person. Give yourself, your spouse and your kids official job titles.
2. Be accountable for your role in the household. The best plans mean nothing if you don’t follow through on them. You can build accountability into your home roles, much like you do at work.
3. Consider outsourcing. If it’s appropriate and feasible for your budget, hire experts to do the heavy lifting when you need help. That may mean hiring someone to clean, mow the lawn, cook or care for your children.
Work-life balance is an eternal struggle. While it’s impossible to achieve total balance, you can make things easier at home by running your household like a business. Be the CEO both at home and at work, enjoying a more fun and organized home and returning to work refreshed.
Read Kailynn Bowling’s full blog for more helpful tips on how to become the CEO of your household to achieve a healthy work/life balance.