Balance is key when it comes to juggling work and family life. Juggling these two can be hard, but it is possible if you have the right tools.
I’m a mom of 2 and I also work from home, so I know how hard it is to balance both. Here are some tips that have helped me achieve balance in my own life. Hopefully, this will help you out too!
1. Get organized
This is probably the most important tip. If you’re organized, it will be easier to find time for both work and family. Creating a schedule and sticking to it can help you stay on track.
Having a daily or weekly schedule can help you keep track of your work commitments, family responsibilities, and personal time. By setting aside specific times for each activity, you can ensure that you’re making the most of your time and avoiding overlap between your different roles.
Additionally, a schedule can help to keep you organized and prevent you from feeling overwhelmed. If you’re struggling to keep up with your commitments, try setting a schedule and see how it can help you stay on track.
2. Set priorities
You have to be clear about your priorities. Are you in a career growth mindset, or are you focused on family and flexibility right now? Once you know this, it will be easier to make time for both.
You have to figure out what’s most important to you and focus on that. For me, my family comes first, so I make sure I’m always available for them when they need me. This means setting boundaries at work and only jumping online after hours if there’s an emergency.
3. Don’t try to do it all
Being a working mom is no easy feat. Not only do you have to juggle a career and family, but you also have to find time for yourself. There’s no shame in admitting that you can’t do everything yourself.
One way to make your life as a working mom easier is to outsource some of your responsibilities. For example, you can hire a cleaning service to come in once a week to help keep your house tidy. You can also order groceries online or sign up for a meal delivery service. This way, you can spend less time grocery shopping and cooking, and more time being present with your family and at work.
In addition, you can outsource tasks like laundry and lawn care. By delegating some of your responsibilities, you can focus on what’s important, and make your life as a working mom a little bit easier.
4. Make time for yourself
It’s important to make time for yourself, even if it’s just a few minutes a day. This can help you relax and recharge, so you can be at your best for work and family.
Let your partner know that you need certain times to yourself, and arrange the schedule to prioritize that. Make dates with friends, or find a hobby that you can do at home.
This will give you something to look forward to after a long day at work. Taking some time for yourself each day will help you feel refreshed and ready to take on the challenges of your career and mom life.
5. Delegate tasks to others whenever possible
You can’t be Superwoman! Accept help from others when it’s offered and delegate when you can. If you have a partner or family nearby, delegate tasks and accept help when it’s offered.
This will free up time for you to focus on your family and career. If both parents are working, it’s only reasonable that both parents are contributing to the upkeep of the household.
Even if it means something may not be done to your standards, delegate it and then let it go. It will do wonders for your mental well-being.
6. Take a break when needed
There will be times when you need to take a break from work or family. This is perfectly normal and it’s important to listen to your inner voice. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, take some time for yourself and relax.
Go for a walk, find a quiet space, meditate, or read a book. Juggling work and family life can be tough, but it’s possible if you have the right tools. These tips should help you find balance in your own life.
7. Stay positive
It is easy to beat yourself up and feel like you are not doing a good job. However, it’s important to stay positive, even when things are tough. Remember that you’re doing the best you can and try to enjoy the time you have with both work and family.
- Give yourself some grace. You are not perfect and that is okay. Cut yourself some slack and do not expect to be able to do everything perfectly.
- Set realistic goals. If you set unrealistic goals, you will only end up disappointed. Be realistic about what you can accomplish in a day or week and give yourself credit for accomplishing those goals.
- Find the humor in the situation. Parenting is full of both highs and lows. When things are tough, try to find humor in the situation and laugh it off. This will help you keep things in perspective.
Career moms know that it takes a lot of hard work and organization to make everything run smoothly. But, with a little bit of effort, you can create a routine that works for you and your family. We hope these tips have been helpful and wish you the best of luck in your job search. Don’t forget to visit Hire This Mom for more advice on how to have a successful career as a mom!
By Kateri Waltermeyer