Tips for organizing family life
During this time, there are a lot of questions arising on how to organize family life. We’ve consulted with Life Coach (LBV, an Italian company) to bring tips on making the most of your time at home, inspired by ideas from classic management theories.
Firstly, accept that you may need to reorganize. You could start by:
- Bringing everyone to the table (partners, children, grandparents) to make a plan.
- Identifying each person’s needs, talents and opportunities.
- Empowering everyone: motivate and engage each member of your household with tasks and incentives.
When it comes to ourselves, we should try to be careful of behavior that can overwhelm us, especially when we’re trying to adapt our time-organization to the situation of confinement.
- Try not to take on too much and overload yourself with tasks and responsibilities.
- Look for opportunities to delegate more; children like to pitch in, let them take on some of the lighter chores.
- Channel your survival instincts; trust your inner voice rather than be influenced by ambient negativity and ‘noise’.
- Be open to pursuing new challenges and interests. Now’s the time!
- Recognizing that you also need time for yourself. If you don’t take care of yourself and take time to rest, get some exercise or simply enjoy some ‘me-time’, you may be less able to manage family life, and your loved ones may feel the consequences.
- Humans are social beings, and we thrive on touch and physical contact. Although it is really important to practice social isolation and distancing as recommended by your local health authorities, we can compensate by showing physical affection to the loved ones we are confined with: hugs, cuddles, kisses – even a good back rub – are all important to staying emotionally well-balanced now.