I have now been at my job for 1 month, and this is the first month that I’ve spent working since getting married.
Before this job, I was able to focus more of my attention on being a good wife to my husband and running the household to the best of my abilities.
When I got this job, I was a little afraid that my role as a wife would come secondary, and I wouldn’t be performing my role to my standards, which is not something I have ever wanted.
But I think I’ve balanced my professional and my personal roles quite well in the past month! While I still have a lot to learn about being a working wife, I think that I’ve found a few strategies that have helped.
♥ Use a planner or an organization binder. Between work and home, there is no way I’d survive without a planner. No matter where I am, my planner is with me, which works great for organizing what I need to do while also making sure I have time for the things that are important to me personally.
♥ Meal plan for the week. This seriously makes life so much easier and relieves some stress during the week. I make a schedule of what we are eating for the week (mostly just lunches and dinners) and shop for all of the ingredients on the weekends. That way lunches are at my fingertips and I’m not racking my brain for a meal at dinnertime. Check out the template I use for meal planning here.
♥ Try to leave work at work. This can be very difficult, especially for someone in a profession like teaching, but it’s also necessary and sometimes a conscious effort. Balancing work life with being a wife means being present in both aspects of your life. Try to finish all work before going home, or make a goal of finishing at-home-work before dinner so you can spend the evening with loved ones.
♥ Split up chores throughout the week. I have found that doing a chore a day (or a chore every few days) makes them far more manageable! And this way I’m not wasting away my entire weekend cleaning the house. I even write out my cleaning schedule for two weeks at a time in my planner to keep myself accountable. This is the template that I use for planning my cleaning schedule.
♥ Share even more household responsibilities with your husband. If you’re like me, chances are you probably know your way around the house better than your husband does. He is amazing and helps when he can, but I’m still the only one who knows how to separate the laundry, what kind of milk we buy, and how to most effectively clean the bathroom. But, even though I’m the household superwoman, I can’t do everything by myself. Let your husband lend a hand. Teach him where the dishes go, or just let him figure it out on his own. He is your partner and he is there to help you.
♥ Make the most of the weekend. This is the time for checking things off your list, and also a time for having fun! Life is so short and I’d hate to waste it away at work and sitting at home.
What are some tips or advice that you have as a working wife?