How to manage work-life balance for a woman – learn here.

Women are a symbol of strength, resilience, and power. Women can do anything, from managing the house chores, taking care of the family, and leading an organisation – everything at the same time too! But all of this doesn’t come easy for them. The biggest issue is work-life balance for women. Did you know that female employees experience 32% more burnout than their male counterparts, says a recent report

Being a woman entrepreneur could be truly rewarding, but it also comes with its challenges, especially when it comes to balancing work and life. Managing business, family, and personal life can be very tough, but with the right tactics, you can navigate through this jungle. 

TRRAIN is all about making women feel empowered and have a life where they don’t have to compromise on their dignity. So here we are, with five simple and effective and innovative ideas for work-life balance that women can follow.

Work life balance for women – Tips to ace the game

Women often face many challenges in maintaining a work-life balance. From expectations of society and, responsibilities of the family, to their career aspirations – there are so many things that require a delicate balancing act. Nevertheless, with thoughtful planning and some helpful tips, women can effectively manage this situation. Here are some strategies to help you succeed – 

  1. Set your priorities right By clearly prioritizing the tasks in hand, you focus on what’s truly important, whether it’s a work project or helping your child with their homework. Also, consider planning your day, which can make it easier to manage everything without feeling exhausted.

How to do it:

  • A to-do list is always fool-proof: Make a list of everything you need to do each day. This will help you keep track of tasks and nothing is missed.
  • Prioritize your tasks: Find out what is the most important task (or tasks) of the day, that needs to be completed first. Focus on those before moving on to less important ones.
  • A planner always comes in handy: A planner or a calendar on your phone can help you plan your days and weeks. Schedule work tasks, meetings, family time, and personal time.
  1. Set the boundaries clear – Setting boundaries between work and personal life is very important, and is also very difficult. Without clear boundaries, work can easily take over your personal time.

How to Do It:

  • Designate work hours: Allocate specific hours for work and stick to them. Once your work hours are over, just come out of that zone.
  • A dedicated workspace can help too: If you work from home, having a separate workspace can help you switch off from work mode when you’re done for the day.
  • Communicate with family: Let your family know your work timings and ask for their support in respecting your work time.
  1. Delegate your work – Let’s accept, you can’t do everything by yourself, and there is no shame in it. Delegating tasks allows you to focus on more important aspects of your work as well as your personal life.

How to Do It:

  • Find out what can be delegated: Look at your daily tasks and identify which ones can be delegated to others, whether it’s work or home. 
  • Trust your people: Whether it is preparing a presentation or taking your child for the music class, give clear instructions to your folks and let them take 
  • responsibility.
  • Get help at home: Don’t hesitate to ask family members to help with household chores or consider hiring help for cleaning or childcare.
  1. Take care of yourself – It is important to take care of your physical and mental well-being to maintain a healthy work-life balance. Understand that you are more productive when you are happy and healthy.

How to do it:

  • Working out is necessary: Whether it is yoga, Zumba or just a jog, find a form of exercise you enjoy and make it a regular part of your routine.
  • Eat healthy: A balanced diet helps you maintain energy levels and stay focused. Make fruits, vegetables, proteins and whole grains a part of your meals.
  • Take breaks: Regular breaks during work can help you recharge. From a short walk, meditation or getting up and meeting up with work-friends for a coffee break can make a big difference.
  1. Family and fun time are important – Spending time with family and doing things you enjoy is important for your overall well-being. It helps you relax and strengthens your relationships.

How to do it:

  • Schedule family time: Just like you schedule work tasks, make sure to schedule time for family activities. This could be a family dinner, a game night, or a weekend outing.
  • Have a hobby: Make time for hobbies and activities that you truly enjoy. From reading, gardening, or painting, doing things you love can help you relax.
  • Disconnect from work: When spending time with family or doing something fun, make an effort to detach from work. Don’t keep checking mails and messages from work when you are with your folks.

Work-life balance in India

A report states that nearly 35% of Indian women quit their jobs because of work-life balance issues. India is a country where there are a lot of expectations from women, thanks to cultural expectations and social norms. This makes balancing work and life very challenging. Here’s what can be done –

  • Many companies are now offering flexible work hours, which can help women manage their responsibilities better.
  • Working from home can save commuting time and allow for a better balance between work and personal life.
  • Joining support groups for women entrepreneurs can provide a sense of community and shared experiences.

Making women’s lives better – TRRAIN makes a difference

As a society, it is also our responsibility to rescue of women who are trying hard to make a life of their own and help their families as well. While affluent people can afford help, those from marginalised communities are struggling. By offering them more accommodations and donating towards creating sustainable livelihood, we can make their lives better. 

Achieving a work-life balance as a woman entrepreneur is possible with the right strategies. Remember, it’s important to take things one step at a time and find what works best for you. If you are one of those women who are struggling with work-life balance in India, we hope this post has helped you. If you have any other effective tips, do let us know through your comments below.

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    Founded in 2011 by B.S. Nagesh, Trust for Retailers and Retail Associates of India (TRRAIN) is a 12A, 80G, public charitable trust that aims to catalyse a change in the retail industry by empowering people through retail and allied sectors in creating sustainable livelihoods for Persons with Disabilities and Young Women from marginalised backgrounds.

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