When juggling a career and family, sometimes it seems impossible to keep all the balls in the air. Finding a balance between work and family is hard, but here are some strategies to help along the way.

1. Schedule  ‘me-time’

No matter how busy the day may be, it’s important to take time for yourself.  Take a break from your desk and go for a walk – the fresh air will help to clear your mind. After the kids go to   bed at night, try and have a relaxing bath and hide away for a short while, or why not read a book to relax and recharge. Making time for the small things will leave you feeling calmer, more energetic and who knows, you might even find yourself laughing more throughout the day.

2. Set your working hours

Don’t feel guilty for not answering a call or responding to an email and set an example by breaking out of the workaholic culture we create for ourselves.  Insist on taking time for yourself and your family by leaving at a realistic time and switching off from work at the end of the day. Turn your computer off whenever possible, and avoid dividing your attention between your work and family when you’re at home.

3. Delegate

Don’t be afraid to delegate! As a mum, your list of daily tasks is never ending, so if you can outsource some of it. Whether it’s to a cleaner for a weekly spruce up of your house, a teammate to help you out on that   project, or your mum to take the kids for an hour or two so you can   take a nap, call on your support network whenever it starts to get too much!

4. Treat yourself

Spoil yourself with a treat every now and then– go on, you deserve it!  Juggling work and family is tough, but contrary to popular thinking, it’s ok to recognise this and to spoil yourself when you need it. Head out for some retail therapy or invite the girls over for some cheeky cocktails.

5. Turn your home into your office

If the daily routine of commuting to work isn’t working for you, then wave it goodbye. Gain extra time with your family by working from home. It requires motivation and persistence, but by setting yourself daily or weekly goals you’ll enjoy   newfound flexibility, and reap the benefits of spending extra time with your family.

Christine Tylee is a consultant with The Body Shop At HomeTM. Through managing a successful multi-million dollar business and a family of three, Christine has become a master at organisation, setting goals and making time for her.
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  • getting the kids to help will teach them about being responsible and time management etc but make sure that you compensate them fr their time and effort


  • Really good knowledge to know! Thanks for sharing this!


  • I also have one – Respect your boundaries. My family time is exactly that. My kids are not getting what they deserve if I am answering calls or working on files on our days together.


  • You can’t constantly be juggling. Everyone needs a break occasionally.


  • Scheduling me-time is so hard! Its usually only possible if I finish early and can have a couple of hours before childcare pickup!


  • it is good if you can work from home and manage a family also


  • interesting read, it is hard to juggle both


  • going back to work was so hard


  • A great article to read on a sunday morning


  • What a great topic. Thanks for this.


  • thank you for sharing this, great tips


  • thanks for sharing, was a good read


  • i think the hardest thing is not to feel guilty about everything. it won’t help get anything done that’s for sure!


  • Wonderful advice, a very motivational article.


  • thanks for sharing was a great read


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