Find a better work-life balance in the summer and beyond

We know how the late-in-the-school year dream goes; your summer would be a magical place where you’d handle the kids being out of school while still easily getting your work done. There would be playdates and summer camps! Arts and crafts! Quality time! Your idyllic vision was bathed in a hazy yellow glow as you imagined the kind of summer perpetuated in lemonade commercials on TV.

Back to reality.

Now that summer is past the halfway point, have your lemonade dreams have turned a bit sour? Or worse, did they never materialize at all? Those sunlit plans of June have become dog days of endless TV, sibling warfare and parents who are maniacally counting the days until school starts.

Somewhere between these two extremes there exists not only the truth but also a path to sanity. While some people have argued that work-life balance is an unattainable myth, we say that’s bogus; work-life balance is a realistic way for you — whether you have kids or not — to find real achievement and success in your career without sacrificing your family, you friends or your personal dreams.

But can you navigate work-life balance during summertime and beyond? Turn off the TV, tell the kids to stop fighting and read on!

Flush the idea of a 9-to-5 job. The traditional workday just doesn’t have to exist in the era of mobile devices. We should all be using these technologies to get some daylight back for ourselves. Learn to embrace early-morning and after-hours emails or projects so that you can have some daytime hours free to spend with your kids, with your pet or doing whatever you want. In today’s world, when you do your work doesn’t matter as long as you get it done.

Not working doesn’t mean not available. We aren’t advocating never unplugging, but reassure your boss that just because you need Friday to spend with your kids doesn’t mean you’re not available at all. Your flexible schedule shouldn’t come at the expense of those who keep more standard work hours. Keep tabs on your email and allow yourself to be available by cell in the event that something really needs your attention.

Find your village. We all know the old saying that it takes a village to raise a child, so find your village. Whether it’s family, neighbors you trust or a tribe of working parents who can all pitch in to share with childcare, there’s strength (and much less stress) in numbers.

Give yourself a break. Lastly, relax a little. There’s no hidden camera recording your summer schedule and no right way to get it all done. Let the kids watch a little extra Netflix. If the only breakfast they can fix for themselves is Captain Crunch, they’ll survive. And we won’t judge you for counting the days until school starts.

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