All parents should set boundaries and ask for help. Not enforcing limits and overcommitting seem to be natural parts of parenting these days, but they do not need to be.
You need a community and lots of apps to manage a family!
Here are a few suggestions:
Meal planning: There are some useful apps that help you with planning and creating grocery lists. Cook Smarts, Pepperplate, Ziplist, and Paprika are a few options. Here is a breakdown of their key features from LifeHack. There are also calendars and services that will plan your meals for you.
Meal Delivery: This is an ingenious idea! Here are some options: Hello Fresh, Blue Apron, Home Chef, Plated, and PeachDish, to name a few. This article from Forbes breaks it down for you. Or, if you are a Tom Brady fan, you can get his meal plan. Enjoy!
Spring Cleaning: You can sell items you don’t need via Letgo and other apps. Here is a list of eight apps that can help.
Cleaning: Hire local help as needed, or ensure that your family has a schedule and a list of household responsibilities.
Yardwork: Hire local help using Angie’s List or your network.
Please share any apps or sites that have worked for you.
Please share any tips you may have.
In my recent articles, I’ve mentioned that my organization is going through changes, and my responsibilities have increased as part of the change. I am now working with global team members across multiple time zones. I am enjoying myself, but also have to take early morning calls with background noise!
I need to set boundaries not only personally but also professionally to ensure I have a work-life balance. Here are some ideas I have come up with to set boundaries:
Close the Office Door: When I am working, I close my door and use my “Do Not Disturb” sign that I received during the holiday season. Closing the door adds distance to household responsibilities and informs family members that I am in work mode.
Say “No” Nicely: Running to school to deliver forgotten homework or shorts will stop. I have informed my family that things need to change. This approach will keep me focused on work and teach the kids to be responsible.
Use Weekends: I would multitask during the work week, and it was exhausting. Now, I focus on a single task. When I am working, I am working—no additional chores. I use my breaks as downtime and to walk. Most household-related responsibilities are handled after work or on weekends.
Manage Your Calendar: Take charge of your calendar and the responsibility to set up meetings when possible. Taking the initiative gives you the ability to set meetings based on your schedule and time zone. Use this approach for both personal and professional meetings.
Get Help: Delegate and move on. Assign household responsibilities to your family and hire help as needed. Working from home is the same as going to work—the only difference is that you are wearing yoga pants!
If you have additional tips that work, please share at firstname.lastname@example.org