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The Trucking Life: Balancing Work and Family

In most professions, balancing work life and home life can be a juggling act, at best. In the world of trucking, this balance can be extremely difficult since days on end are spent away from home and family. Long nights in hotels or sleeping in the bed of the truck can mean loneliness and a disconnect from family and friends. 

 

How can truckers, who love the career and many aspects of the job learn to balance home and work? Read on to find some helpful tips from people in the industry for decades and those who are just starting out. 

Prioritize Your Life 

This is much easier to say than to do. Trucking can mean good money, but it doesn’t mean you have to take every job that comes your way, especially if you are an independent contractor. Prioritize some time every month at home to reconnect with your family and find ways to may those hours and days count to their fullest. 

 

If you do have some flexibility in your scheduling, try choosing jobs that keep you closer to home or away for shorter stints. Some truckers choose to have longer days off and then longer weeks on the road. Choose whatever works best for you and your family. 

 

Connect and Be Present While on the Road 

We know that the hours on the road can be long and grueling, but make the time to check in every day even if it is a quick 10 minute Facetime or phone call with your family. While connecting try to be present in the moment and enjoy the call rather than be thinking about the next leg of your journey. You would be amazed at how a check-in with the ones you love can reinvigorate you and steel you for the journey. 

Make Healthy Choices 

It sure is easy to grab a fast meal on the road and skip the number of hours sleeping that you know your body needs. Instead, make some healthier choices and you may feel less stress. Choose to take a quick walk at your next stop, choose a healthier meal, and connect with family via video or phone call. Each of these things can help you cope better with the long hours away from home. 

Maintain a Routine 

It may seem difficult to maintain a schedule when your truck route changes regularly. As much as possible, maintain a regular schedule of meals, exercise, phone calls, and check ins with loved ones. These little routines can help break up a long haul and give you something to look forward to. 

 

Check back for more ideas on how you can stay connected and balance your trucking life with your home life.