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Trying to strike that balance between work and life MIAT Family Calendaris very hard, if not impossible. At work, you are expected to be in the office at a specific time, you have a list of things that you have to do during the day, and everything is generally structured. At home, that is not the case. Instead, things get messy when you’re children want to play and toys end up everywhere.

One of the first things you should do to achieve this balance is to create a family calendar. Write down everything your family has to do in a week, or even a month. Set goals, and establish a plan of action.

Communicate your expectations at home and at work. If you have to pick up your child at daycare, communicate that with your boss. Establishing a clear channel of communication will help you communicate your thoughts clearly and is the first step to achieving the balance between family and work.

Share the load with your partner. Delegate tasks. Divide up the responsibility of picking up your children from school or daycare. This will make things easier on each of you.

Establish a network of support. Whether your support network involves your colleagues, family members, friends, or neighbours, reach out to those close to you.

Setting expectations, goals, and coming up with a plan will yield extraordinary benefits. It will help you become a less stressed and more productive employee and a more available parent. It may be hard work, but it will be worth it.


How do you find balance? Sometimes you have to drop something, like that friend who takes too much of your time. Sometimes you have to add something, like a babysitter one afternoon a week. And sometimes you just have to look at things differently.

An example: my son’s school asked me to put him on the school bus instead of driving him (By filling that bus, they could add another route to an under-serviced part of the city.) I hated having to devote 1.5 to 2 hours each day driving to school and back. Traffic was often terrible. I was always fighting to get back to my work. It was such a waste of time and one more thing I had to juggle my freelance work around.

Bussing was the perfect solution and would give me some much-needed balance.

But wait!