Finding a way to juggle a successful career and a happy and wholesome family life has never been easy. Being a full-time working mom is even less easy- it comes with bouts of guilt for not being able to be there for the family, as well as the stress of not being able to focus on particular tasks at work. This is, even more, the case during a pandemic when trying to keep everyone safe.
More and more women from all walks of life are choosing to have it all- a rewarding career, a wonderful family, and the opportunity to find solitude to rejuvenate and find time for themselves.
Here are some of the ways you can manage to have it all while maintaining your balance as a working mom.
Manage Your Priorities
In order to be a successful working woman/wife/mother, it is important to have priorities set in order- that is for both your personal and professional life. To get this figured out, ask yourself the following-
1. ‘What cannot be compromised and is completely non-negotiable?’
2. ‘What tasks require most of your time and attention, or can use less energy to complete?’
3. ‘What are the most important commitments to work/family/life?’
Getting a clear picture of these things helps you to prioritize and make adjustments around what needs to be done, and those that can be left a while.
You can also be clear with yourself and others about what you are prepared, and are not prepared to do.
Having this in place gives you the freedom and balance to work on the most important things first.
Working Moms Must Practice the Fine Art of Delegation
Just because your aim in life is to do all and be all, it doesn’t mean life has to be that way. There is no weakness in acknowledging that you can’t do it all on your own- a little bit of help can ease a large workload, meaning you get to put your energies into other things.
If you do choose to do all of the things alone, you’re not only going to get tired, you’re likely preparing the path toward a breakdown.
Decide what can be done alone, and what can be handed to others.
If looking after the kids, managing the home, and managing your career feels too much at times, then there’s no harm in looking up your local nanny agency to get the support you and your kids need.
On top of that, there’s nothing worse than coming home from a long day at work to a messy and chaotic house. Talk to your family about the tasks they could do around the house. Teamwork makes the dream work!
Set Clear Work/Life Boundaries as a Working Mom
The most important mantra to have when successfully managing your work-life balance is learning to say ‘NO’ to the things that don’t align with your goals and priorities.
For things that are asked of you outside of your usual tasks, it’s either a ‘HELL YES’ or a ‘no, thank you’.
Working moms can have it all- and so they should!