Need time out? Time out from home? Kids? Work? Me I really struggle with this being an all or nothing kind of girl I find myself contently in one of the two extremes…. busy doing everything, all at once. Or nothing at all curled up in a coma like state.
2017 was a year and a half of busy… literally …. what sane person do you know tries to work, study full time and start a business? Luckily my very sweet and supportive partner has managed to bring about some form of normality to my existence demanding that we spend time out and about … away from my phone and ever present laptop. A constant battle at the moment!
And so the laptop was closed and phone put away not only for the 25 hour flight to Melbourne Australia but for the Christmas family period, And although I spent time away from the lap top and phone was a different kind of busy with the challenge of balancing out catching up with friends and family on my annual trip to Australia but also playing tour guide to my partner who was convinced for months leading up to our trip that Australia was indeed some form of desert wasteland.
This got me thinking about not only my work holiday habits but also how difficult holidays can be for families.
So with all that in mind here are some helpful suggestions on how to make your working holiday work for everyone.
- Plan your time together well. Make sure that time spent together is 100% for you and your family away from phones, laptops and other portals back to your working life. As I’ve often found some travel plans are date sensitive or time sensitive so if your planning to head out of town or certain museums, shows or events ensure you check what their opening hours are in advance.
- Make plans that will keep your family busy and happy. Plan to have games or activities ready for the kids or ensure you make arrangements with your partner, nanny or babysitter to arrange the days activities. A well thought out plan communicated leaves you free to focus on getting all that work done in a timely manner.
- Look into kids clubs or activities that will give the kids lots to do and lots to talk about,
- Find a way to balance your time and make time spent working count. Its not going to do anyone any good if you are distracted or procrastinating when working. This will only leave you will less time to enjoy your travels and spending time with your Family.
Wishing you all many happy working holiday family adventures.