Monday, February 2, 2009
Work is life. It's Monday again
It's Monday again and for a large number of individuals their work is their life. For an even larger number of individuals their family and their work is their life. These individuals are often parents who are required to work to support their family and their way of life. As any worker may know, work can be stressful, time consuming, and it is often hard to leave behind. Individuals with families may often find themselves mixing their family life with their work, but this does not always have to happen. There are a number of ways that you can go about making the most out of your career and your family separately.
If you were to ask a number of employers what one of their biggest complaints in the workplace is it would be likely that you would receive the mixing of work and family as a response. It is not uncommon for a parent to be called to pick up their sick or injured child from school or the babysitter. This often puts a strain on everyone in the workplace because one missing worker often translates into more work for everyone else. If you are a parent your first impulse would to be to leave work and tend to your child, but there are additional alternatives that many individuals never consider.
To keep your family and work separate you may want to consider designating another individual to pick up your children or handle any other unexpected events. This person could be a relative, a friend, or another person who you pay. When selecting this person it is important to make sure that they do not have any previous engagements, such as work or school. This individual could help you devote more time to work by picking up an ill child, taking them their homework when they forgot it, or other family emergencies. While your goal may be to put your family first, it is important to remember that it would hard to do without steady employment.
Giving your employer and your coworkers all of your attention at work can be easier than giving your family all of your attention when at home. Due to many long hours, stressful meetings, deadlines, and other workplace issues there are many individual who bring their work home with them. Whether or not they are physically brining work into their home, work somehow almost always ends up being present at home on multiple occasions. It may be difficult to return home after a long day at work and not continue to stress or think about work, but there are a number of ways that you can go about taking your mind off of work while at home.
Long work hours and busy schedules often makes it difficult for some families to spend quality time with each other. To ensure that you and your family are seeing each other and communicating enough you should consider designating family activities on specific nights. Having a family dinner, a family movie night, or a family game night is a great way to add a fun touch to spending time together. You may also find that during dinner, a game, or a movie you are so preoccupied with having fun with your family that you may have forgotten about your work troubles.
Making the most out of your career and your family can be difficult to do especially separately. Spending your workday concentrating on your work and only your work will often allow you to get more of it done. With more of your work duties accomplished you are less likely to think about work when at home. Making the most out of your career and family separately literally is a win/win situation.