Fatherhood Tips How to balance work, life and fatherhood, from a Forbes '30 Under 30' CEO

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Here are Brandt’s best strategies to balance family life with a fast-growing career with undergoing the usually mental torture most young father experience.

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This strategy was used by of the Forbes ’30 under 30’ to balance his work and new fatherhood status responsibilities.

Blair Brandt, Chief Executive Office of Next Step Realty, become a father in December 2016 and noted it is a stressful experience he concluded he cannot avoid but must manage. Towards managing this combine stressful daily tasks, Brandt said: “that, in general, it's best to accept that moderate stress is going to be a part of any life — especially as you begin balancing family and work responsibilities in your 20s and 30s.”

"So many people get stressed out and they try to find things to do to remove that stress," he said. "What you really should be doing is setting up a lifestyle, process, or routine so you never get to that place where you're completely overwhelmed. In the world we're living in, there is a lot of anxiety. There's an overwhelming nature of all the stimulus and responsibilities our generation's being given on the track to career and family growth. Setting aside some time and working on your mental stability is, I think, important."

Here are Brandt’s best strategies to balance family life with a fast-growing career with undergoing the usually mental torture most young father experience.

1. Carve out time to reflect (Think about your daily tasks)

Despite his busy schedule, Brandt manages to get 10 to 40 minutes a day for meditation every day.

How does he do it?

Well, it's all about taking advantage of "dead time", some which include the time spent in traffic congestion in Lagos.

Brandt meditates on his commute to work, instead of listening to music or taking phone calls.

"I think a lot of people waste that time checking their Facebook newsfeed," he said.

Turn off your internet and social media notifications using this time.

2. Prioritize sleep

Many millennials usually attached less importance to sleep, which must time boomerang into psychological disorder.

In order to prioritise sleep, Brandt has cut back on coffee and alcohol — which can both mess with sleep.

"Swap your late night show with for a good book," Brandt said.

The overall point is that ensure you have a good sleep, which may take a break (30minutes to one hour) during the working hour.

3. Stick to an ironclad schedule

Brandt knows firsthand that juggling everything can be a "tricky process."

"What I try to do is just carve out certain times of the day, based on the baby's schedule, where I get to spend quality time with him," he said.

"I know it's not going to be all day, but if I wake up in the morning before I go to the gym, I might have 30 minutes right there where I'm just hanging out and feeding him and burping him.

“At night, when I get back, I try to get back by a certain time, around eight o'clock. I know that he goes to sleep at nine, so I'll come home and really dedicate that time to him."

Brandt said that setting out specific time for everything — especially spending time with your child — is crucial.

Article Adapted from Business Insider (United Kingdom)/World Economic Forum