Spending Less Time with Family to Focus on Career

Updated: Dec 8, 2020

Family and work are the most time-consuming areas of most of our lives. And right now, you would like to take a little time from the former and spend it on the latter. Perhaps you are just coming off of maternity/paternity leave or simply want to focus on building your career.

Here are some tools and tricks for prioritizing your career while spending less, but meaningful time with your family.

Authentic Communication

The next step is to tell people what you’re doing! Communicate your goals to everyone you trust that will be affected by them, your family, friends, team, boss, etc. Work with them to put an actionable plan together that can help you achieve your goals. Not only will this let people know what you are trying to accomplish, but they can help hold you accountable when you waver.

Setting Boundaries

When working towards your new goal, make sure you know your boundaries to avoid being pulled back into old habits. Perhaps, before you attended every soccer game or cooked dinner every night. Now, you have new priorities and your time will shift accordingly. Perhaps from now on, you will only attend tournament games or only cook dinner on Sundays. Whatever your line is, don’t cross it or allow it to be crossed. Set whatever boundaries make sense for you and stick to them!

Dividing Responsibilities

As you're planning your goals and figuring out where to shift to make time for your career, remember that doing all this doesn’t mean that you can keep or increase your responsibilities. Make sure that you are splitting up your responsibilities at work and at home. Perhaps you wash up after meals and your partner cooks. The idea is to use your support network to help take the load off where it is too heavy or isn’t wanted so you can focus where you would like to be.

Lead, Don’t Tell

Actions speak louder than words, especially as a leader. It is not enough for you to tell people what to do, you have to show them that it can be done and that you hold yourself to the same standards.

Great leaders do more than just dictate or delegate. They inspire others to become leaders in their own rights. They do this by first, not solving every problem for their team. Instead, they work with the individual or team to help them find the answer or solution to the problem.

Second, great leaders do not make themselves on the restrictions they put on their teams. If you as a leader make changes and concessions in your life to achieve your goals but do not do the same for your teammates, they will not look to you as a leader.

More Tools To Prioritize Your Career

  1. Interview with CEO and Founder of Evolving Humankind, Anita Scott

  2. Interview with Organizational Psychologist and Author of Parents Who Lead, Alyssa Westring

  3. Interview with Lead People Scientist at Culture Amp, Craig Forman

  4. Interview with Director of Leadership Staffing at Google, Ginny Clarke

  5. The Myth of Work-life Balance

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