How to Prioritize the ‘Life’ in Work-Life Balance

I’ve been a go-getter, hard charger, Type A personality for as long as I remember and I’ve never had to think twice about how to feel about that other than to say that I was proud. Who wouldn’t be? Our society is achievement driven and I can’t say that I’m any different. Who doesn’t like to win?

Like I said, I never thought twice about it, until recently. My husband brought it to my attention that he needed more from me at home; more time, more moments, and to be honest, more help. I didn’t take it well at first.

During our first two years of dating, I quit my dream job to move across the country to be with him. I took up a job I hated just to be close. For the first two years that we lived together, I worked from home and watched our kids. I’ve jumped in head first into this bonus mom life and never looked back, so what else could he possibly need?

After being unhappy professionally for far too long, I was taking all the necessary steps to ensure my individual happiness. I relaunched my blog, rolled out my podcast, found a new job in a role out in town that I LOVE and I’ve been all the happier for it. Beyond caring for myself, I helped him roll out his business and got his website going. But what I stopped focusing on was our partnership.

On the quest for professional and individual success, don't lose sight of life and personal partnership. Click To Tweet

But thank God, I have a partner who’s communicative and delicate enough with me to bring it to my attention when I’ve looped him out of our JOINT vision and journey.

I spoke about this a little bit #OnThePod when I explained how to prioritize content creation when managing a blog or podcast. But what I didn’t get into was how to prioritize the LIFE in work-life balance. #OnTheBlog, I’m sharing my schedule. It’s been a game changer in my marriage and in my ability to create, guilt-free.

When I take care of home, I feel lighter and more clear-headed to create for myself and my audience. Click To Tweet

Let me start off by saying that by no means am I a Suzy Homemaker! I didn’t jump out the window with wild expectations for myself, but I did prioritize structure as it relates to my home life. For the longest time, I would have the attitude that I’d get to cooking, or help out with laundry, or head to the gym, when it made more sense for my schedule. But the truth is:

There's never going to be the 'RIGHT TIME' to do ANYTHING. You have to MAKE TIME to do EVERYTHING. Click To Tweet

… and when it comes to taking care of home, there is no difference. So here it goes, my schedule to prioritizing LIFE. Feel free to incorporate it into your schedule, and let me know how it goes! How do you go about scheduling work-life balance? Do you go with the flow? Or chart it out? Let me know in the comments!

MONDAY

A.M. Workout
Work
Cook
Family Time
Kids to bed by 9:30 p.m.

TUESDAY

Work
P.M. Workout
Family Time
Kids to bed by 9:30 p.m.
Blog Writing

WEDNESDAY

A.M. Workout
Work
Cook
Family Time
Kids to bed by 9:30 p.m.
Are you starting to see a pattern here?

THURSDAY

Work
P.M. Workout
Family Time
Kids to bed by 9:30 p.m.
Blog Writing

FRIDAY

A.M. Workout
Work
Cook
Family Time
Kids stay up late 🙂

SATURDAY

A.M. Workout
Deep Clean the House with Family
Family Outdoor Activity
Kids stay up late 🙂
Also: Cheat Day!

SUNDAY

A.M. Church with Sarah Jakes Roberts
Laundry
Relax with Family
Plan out the Week
Kids to bed by 9:30 p.m.
Record the Podcast

Are you subscribed to the podcast? Episode eight pairs perfectly with this blog post! Get on top of your hustle #OnThePod and take care of home #OnTheBlog. Check it out and while you’re there, leave an Apple Review.

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