Ten Ways to Balance Work and Family

Ten Ways to Balance Work and Family

stressedBalancing a work life and a home life can be difficult, but with a little knowledge and planning, you can make it work for you.  Here are ten tips that will help you balance your work life and home life.

1.  Set realistic goals.  It's pretty much a given fact that if you want to achieve something big, you have to make some sacrifices.  While the select few can manage, most people can't become a CEO and run a successful household.  When setting your goals, be realistic and don't stretch yourself too thin.

2.  Make schedules.  Keeping track of work and your family can be difficult to plan.  Try to keep a set schedule from day to day and week to week if you can.  Always remember to make a written schedule and give everyone a copy.

3.  Take time for yourself.  It's a natural instinct of mothers to sacrifice themselves for the good of their family.  However, it's important to remember that if you don't take care of yourself, you can't take care of anyone else.  Try to schedule in at least a few minutes of "you time", whether it be going for a run, watching your favorite TV show, or just sitting in a room by yourself to relax for a few minutes.   

4.  Work from home.  If you can do your work over the Internet or phone, you may be able to swing working at least part of the time from home, giving you more time to spend with your family.  Just remember that there are a lot more things at home to distract you from getting your work done.

5.  Get some exercise.  Working out is not only a great way to stay healthy and gain energy, it's also a great way to spend time with your kids.  Instead of hitting the gym, go play ball in the park or take them for a walk.

6.  Take advantage of leave.  Most jobs allow you a certain amount of leave, but a lot of us end up not using it.  Make sure you know how much time you have and take it, whether you go on a vacation with your family or just use it to take a well-deserved rest day every so often.  

7.  Prioritize.  When making your to-do lists, figure out the things that are most important for you to do and get them done first.  If there isn't enough time to do everything, you won't feel as bad about what you have to cut.

8.  Take classes.  As many people will tell you, there's no manual on how to be a good parent and have a successful career.  But if you search around your community, you can find classes and seminars from people that have been where you are and managed to do well.  They can give you inspiration along with helpful tips and tidbits to get through your day.

9.  Watch for burn out.  Even if you schedule everything, take breaks, and do everything else above, what you're doing may just be too much for you.  Watch yourself for changes in mood or physical problems.  They could be a sign that you're burnt out and need to make some changes to your plans.  Remember, your health is important too.

10.  Learn to say no.  If you want to have a successful career and family life, you will have to learn to say no occasionally.  If you try to do everything, you're going to burn yourself out and not be able to take care of anyone.  Being a good employee and a good parent doesn't mean you need to do everything you're asked.

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Creating an Editorial Calendar for Your Content Marketing

calendarBeing successful doesn't just happen. Success requires an enormous amount of planning, strategy, and action. To be successful with content marketing you have to know in advance what you're going to do, why you're doing it, how you're going to do it, where you're going to do it, and when you're going to do it. This is where an editorial calendar comes in. An editorial calendar will revolutionize your content marketing, positioning you for success.

To create an editorial calendar you need to look ahead to the products and services you wish to support, as well as your list of keywords that should already be developed. Around the products and services that you'll be marketing you also want to include standard keyword-rich content focused on the topics related to your niche such as guest posts, roundups of interesting blog posts and news in your industry, and infographics.

Your editorial calendar will also help you set realistic goals about how often you will publish content as well as determine deadlines for the content. Providing fresh content on a regular basis is imperative to your overall marketing success, but it's also important to be realistic about your resources in terms of both time and money. It is recommended that you post a blog post at least two to three times a week to keep your website and / or blog at the top of the search engine results.

Social media should be something that happens every single day from three to 12 times per day depending on the type of social media. For instance, you will post less on LinkedIn.com, and more on Twitter.com. These interactions will include not only posting your own content but your interaction with others on the social media. All of this needs to be planned out so that you ensure that you block out the time to do it, and all should be included in your content calendar.

Include all the types of content you plan to distribute into your calendar such as:

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  • Round Ups
  • Social Media Content
  • Article Marketing
  • Social Interaction

You can create a content calendar inside Google Docs by creating it in an excel spreadsheet or a Word Document then uploading it to Google Drive to share with others on your team. Alternatively, if you use a project management system like Basecamp you can share it there.

Everyone on your team should have easy access to the content calendar which should be kept accurate and updated at all times. Remember, just because a calendar is created doesn't mean it can't be tweaked and corrected as necessary. The deadlines on the calendar should be sacrosanct and whomever is in charge of the publishing calendar should also be in charge of ensuring everyone sticks to their deadlines.

By creating and maintaining an editorial calendar for your content marketing you will ensure that you have regular content to be published across all your blogs, social media and more. Creating a content calendar will also help you develop a strategy and establish goals while developing a way to make those goals become reality.

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