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10 Ways to Balance Work and Family Life during Summer

Why choose between lazy beach days with your family and work commitments? These strategies will help you perfectly balance work and family life during summer.

As the temperatures rise and the sun shines brightly, summer beckons us with promises of lazy beach days, spontaneous adventures, and cherished moments spent with loved ones. However, the reality of juggling work commitments and family responsibilities can often cast a shadow on these idyllic visions.

Is it going to be work or family? Why should you have to choose?

Striking a balance between work and family life during the summer months may seem daunting, but these ten practical strategies will help you navigate the summer season with grace. Whether you’re spending a final summer with your kid before they go off to college or planning the annual family reunion, you can embrace the joys of both work and family life. (Yes, really!)

Say goodbye to the struggle and get ready to welcome a summer of harmony and fulfillment.

1. Plan and Prioritize

Family schedules often change during summer while work doesn’t. Set clear goals for both work and family time, and create a schedule that accommodates both. Then identify your priorities and allocate specific time slots for work and family activities. 

2. Schedule Family Activities

Block out dedicated time for family activities in your calendar. Plan outings, vacations, or even simple activities like picnics and movie nights. And make sure you plan them ahead of time! Having specific plans for family time can help ensure you prioritize it and get the time off from work.

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3. Establish Boundaries

Define boundaries between work and family time. Clearly communicate your availability and limitations to your colleagues and family members, and stick to those boundaries as much as possible. This means that sometimes you will need to say no, even to fun activities.

4. Delegate and Outsource

Identify tasks that can be delegated or outsourced to lighten your workload. At work, delegate tasks where possible so that you can spend more time with your family. And at home, you can consider hiring help for household chores or utilizing childcare services if needed. Or, if your kids are old enough, ask them to take on some household responsibilities while they’re on break.

5. Disconnect from Work

When you’re with your family, make a conscious effort to disconnect from work-related activities. Avoid checking emails or taking work calls during your family time, allowing yourself to fully engage and enjoy the moments. You set your schedule and boundaries for a reason—there are only so many summers you have with your kids. So leave work at work!

6. Practice Time Management

Enhance your time management skills to make the most of your work hours. Prioritize tasks, eliminate distractions, and focus on completing important work efficiently. This can create more time for family activities.

7. Set Flexible Work Arrangements

If your job allows, explore flexible work arrangements such as working remotely or adjusting your work hours. Negotiate with your employer to find a schedule that works better for your family commitments during the summer.

8. Take Advantage of Weekends and Days Off

Utilize weekends to spend quality time with your family. Plan special outings, engage in shared hobbies, or simply relax together. Maximizing your time off can compensate for busier working days. And not only will your family love having your time, but you’ll appreciate the break too.

9. Nurture Self-Care

Your kids get to relax during their summer break, and you should too! Remember to prioritize self-care amidst your work and family responsibilities. Set aside time for activities that rejuvenate you, such as exercising, reading, or practicing mindfulness. Taking care of yourself will improve your ability to manage both work and family.

10. Communicate and Collaborate

Foster open communication with your family and colleagues. Share your challenges, concerns, and expectations, and seek their support and understanding. Collaborate with your partner and family members to share responsibilities and support each other.

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Shaelyn Topolovec earned a BA in editing and publishing from BYU, worked on several online publications, and joined the Familius family. Shae is currently an editor and copywriter who lives in California’s Central Valley.

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