From driving the kids to and from sports practice to getting dinner ready and making sure homework is done on time, parents have many childrearing responsibilities in addition to their numerous day-to-day household and work responsibilities. Parents are truly capable of doing it all, but it can be very stressful juggling home life and work life, especially when there never seems to be enough hours in the day to work through an ever-growing task list. According to a recent study from business management company Ernest & Young, managing a work-life balance is getting more difficult across the world with full-time working parents reporting that their hours are continuously increasing.
While managing a successful business and being a family man isn’t as easy as it looks, Bradley has it all figured out (most of the time!). So, what’s the secret to his work-life balance success? Here are a few of Bradley’s useful tips for parents that are striving to do it all.
One of the perks of owning your own business is the fact that it can be easier to work around your schedule to make sure you make it to all personal commitments. On the flip side, it’s also easy to get wrapped up in work and let it take over your life. It’s important to set a time to end your work-related tasks each day so you can make sure to have some downtime, whether it’s enjoying a favorite show with the family before bedtime or just taking a moment to yourself.
Whether it’s a Saturday, Sunday or another day during the week, make sure you reserve at least one day a week to spend with your family. The work week can get hectic so having a day blocked out for family-related events and activities is something everyone can look forward to. Take the kids to the park, go on a fishing trip or plan a family movie night. It’s imperative to take time to make memories because these are the things that you’ll enjoy looking back on in the long-run.
Sometimes there just doesn’t seem to be enough time in the day to get everything done, and there are times you may feel that you’re stretched too thin. Make sure to take care of yourself so you can better take care of your family and your work responsibilities. Take time to relax, find a hobby or extracurricular activity that you can do once a week. Also, try to squeeze in regular exercise and get to bed early—these things will not only improve your health, but they will make you more productive and less stressed so you can better tackle the tasks at hand.
We all know parenting is a full-time job in itself, but not all parents get recognized for all that they do. Many of our Batteries Plus Bulbs franchisees are family men and women and they work hard to make sure their families’ needs are met, while also running successful businesses every day. We’d like to take this time to thank them for their continuous commitment to their jobs and dedication to their families.
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Batteries Plus Bulbs, founded in 1988 and headquartered in Hartland, WI, is a leading omni-channel retailer of batteries, light bulbs and smartphone repair services for the direct-to-consumer and commercial channels.Through a nationwide network of stores, the Company offers a differentiated value proposition of unrivaled product selection, in-stock availability and customer service.
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