I love to work. Every day I go to work I am faced with new challenges and interact with other like-minded people. Sure, there are days I don’t want to work and I definitely complain, but I feel like this keeps me sharp. I choose to work because I like the challenge, I’m money motivated, and I enjoy the day-to-day.
At times, full-time working moms can feel the weight and guilt of not being home more while feeling pulled to work even after the day has ended. The secret to maintaining a healthy balance between the two is to get organized, come up with a plan and stick to it.
Check out my three steps for staying sane while kicking butt at your job and being super mom.
- Get Organized
I like to sit down with my husband on a regular basis and go over our calendar. We talk about what we individually have coming up and what we want to do together as a family. While scheduling family time and planned activities is always number one, allowing for occasional individual activities and the opportunity to get out on our own has helped us to maintain our personal identity through this crazy parenting adventure. It also helps us work with eachothers work schedules. Occasionally with two working parents, early morning meetings, late nights at the office, and other work-related obligations come up. It’s important to discuss these events early so the other parent can adjust their schedule to accommodate. Hey, it’s all about teamwork!
- Come up with a plan
This is a personal plan. Determine where you plan to set boundaries with outside forces that you have control of. Set rules for yourself. Some examples are:
- Not taking work calls after 6:00 (or when you get home)
- Email can wait until the morning
- Sundays are family days
You see these aren’t hard rules, but general guidelines that you can follow that will enhance time with your family and loved ones, while also setting a standard and expectations for your co-workers and boss.
- Stick to it!
I know I just said the rules you set shouldn’t be hard to follow. But in reality, sometimes work gets busy and the demand feels intense. It’s easy to just sneak a peek at your email or walk in the house still on the phone. If you make a habit of always following your set guidelines then within just a few weeks it’ll be second nature. Hopefully!
I know many women who feel similarly to me and enjoy going to their jobs on a daily basis. I also know many women who strongly disagree. No matter where you spend your day, once you have a child (or two, or three, or four!) Your work as a mother never ends.
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