You know that your service member may have unique responsibilities that require them to spend more time away from home. These separations place the added responsibility on you to maintain the household while also managing your professional and educational activities. It is important for you to learn to manage this increased responsibility so your daily activities can carry on as seamlessly as ever. Time management is an effective strategy to help get through your day smoothly. One of the keys is to know your limits and not overexert yourself. Following some simple time management tips, you can maintain a healthy work-life balance and your sanity. Here are four quick strategies for balancing your time and responsibilities.
- Lighten your course load. If you're attending school and know your spouse will be away for an extended period, you may want to pursue a part-time course load for the upcoming term.
- Adjust your schedule to complete small tasks. This may be anything from getting up 15 minutes early to walk the family pet to staying up 15 extra minutes at night to wash the dishes and take out the trash. Making these small adjustments can help you stay on top of little things before they add up.
- Know your work schedule inside and out. If you have assignments or projects at work that are going to require longer than normal days, plan a time to rearrange and complete other tasks instead of pushing them off. Avoiding them will only compound your stress.
- Structure your time. Plan a specific time every day to study for school, get the kids ready for bed or complete a work assignment. The routine can help reduce your stress and help you recognize if you have taken on too much.
Developing a healthy strategy for time management will likely help you feel more prepared for the challenges of military life. If you need help finding ways to manage your tasks, contact a SECO career coach by calling Military OneSource at 800-342-9647 to discuss potential strategies. You can also use the Live Chat feature on the MySECO website for additional guidance.