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It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the never-ending demands on our time.
Women are generally the primary caregivers to children and elderly parents. We also often do more of the household tasks such as laundry, grocery shopping, and cleaning. For many of us, all of these tasks are on top of a full time job.
There is a measurable difference between the amount of unpaid work that women do, compared to men. (But you probably already knew that.) And it takes its toll.
So, how do we get control of the chaos, and find some time for things we enjoy?
Ask for Help at Work
Life and business are moving faster and faster these days. By the time you respond to e-mails and get through daily meetings, there may be very little time left to actually accomplish anything. I’ve had co-workers who work nights and weekends, without overtime pay, just trying to get their tasks done.
Don’t let this be you. Ask for help.
If you find yourself struggling to keep up with your workload, talk with your boss about setting priorities. This will help you know which tasks to focus on getting done first. Discuss whether everything you’re currently doing is appropriate for your role. Perhaps your workload can be rebalanced. Hopefully, your boss wants you to be successful.
If there is work you don’t know how to do, or would like to learn to do more efficiently, ask for training. Expanding your skill set will benefit both you and your employer.
Delegation of tasks may also be appropriate. For anything that you ask someone else to do for you, remember to say please and thank you. That goes such a long way.
Check out our article Achieve More by Doing Less for more tips on getting your work list under control.
Explore Outside Resources
Even when you do get your work list under control, there can still be an overwhelming number of duties that life throws at you. Sometimes, when you’re trying to do everything, you just don’t know where to turn for help.
Many workplaces have ancillary benefits that include access to seminars on topics such as caring for parents, planning for retirement, and even buying a house. You may also have access to a 24 hour nurse hotline, free counseling sessions, legal advice, and more.
I’ve personally used free legal services several times, to get my will completed, and some business contracts checked. Check your benefits documents, or talk to your HR manager about what’s available to you.
If you don’t have these types of benefits, search for local or online support groups. Depending on what help you need, there are lots of non-profits out there that donate time to helping people with various things, including business and legal advice, or support for caring for loved ones.
Here are a few resource you might find helpful:
Find Time for Joy
Now, work and life are under control. Where do we find this elusive time for “fun”?
It’s important to make time for the things you enjoy; spending time with family and friends, and doing activities you love. Otherwise, what is all the hard work for, anyway?
Take a few moments each day to think about something you enjoyed that day. Start making a list of the things that you liked doing, and try to bring a little more of those things into your days.
When you understand what’s really important to you, it’s easier to set clear priorities. These are the tasks and activities you should focus on getting done. The less important things can wait, or you might decide to stop doing some of them all together.
Being productive isn’t about getting more things done. It’s about getting the right things done.
What are the right things? That will depend on what you decide is important to you.
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Remember, you’re not Wonder Woman. You don’t have to do everything yourself. Ask for help, use your resources, and find time to enjoy your life. That’s what it’s there for.