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Balancing work and family: Avoid the morning rush

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Are you frazzled when you finally arrive at work? Is your attitude at work and work performance affected by the a.m. chaos that occurs at home trying to get you and/or your family out the door to face another challenging day? If you feel you need some help with managing those crucial morning hours, why not look over these suggestions that provide advice for a morning without rushing?

Head start morning chart

Take a minute to think about all the activities that occur prior to leaving for work. Are your home activities distributed fairly among family members or rotated to prevent feelings of being in a rut? Using this chart, place a check mark indicating each person you think should do these jobs within your family. You may use more than one check mark for each job. All activities listed may not relate to your family. Check the items that are applicable and add others as necessary.







1. Rising First          
2. Preparing Lunch          
3. Preparing Breakfast          
4. Tidying-up Sleeping Areas          
5. Caring For Clothes          
6. Taking Out Garbage          
7. Caring for Pets          
8. Preparing For Dinner          
9. Gathering Important Papers & Materials for the Day          
10. Giving Out Money for Lunches
and Other Expenses
11. Making a To-Do List          
12. Transporting Children          
13. Closing Up House          
14. Other          
15. Other          

Just to compare what you would like with what is presently done prior to leaving home, use an X to indicate who actually does those jobs in your home. You can learn a lot by inviting others close to you to do this with you.

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