Being a mom is hard work, and if you add in the complication of having to go to work every day your days get even harder. Unfortunately, the cost of modern lifestyles often means you have to go back to work to make ends meet. Thankfully, there are things you can do that can ease the transition. You don’t have to feel guilty that you’re neglecting your motherly duties either. Being a working mom means there are going to be good and bad days, and you’re going to need to be a good juggler to boot. However, it is possible to enjoy a fulfilling career, be a good mom and a loving wife. Here are some tips to help you do it.
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Keep a Clear Line Between Work and Home
When you work and are raising a family, the line between work and home can get very blurred, particularly if you’re in a high-powered job. It’s important to keep a clear distinction between your work and home life, or you will struggle to be productive in either environment. There’s nothing wrong with working hard at the office, but you have to be able to switch off when you get home and concentrate on your family.
Get Ready the Night Before
Trying to organize everything in the morning is virtually impossible. The only way to get out of the door on time, with everything you need is to prepare the night before. That means packing lunch boxes, laying out uniforms, and coordinating the bathroom schedule so that everyone gets time in front of the mirror. Having a to-do list to refer to is also going to help. Before you settle down to sleep spend 10 minutes or so thinking about the things, you need to achieve the next day. Write them down, and you’ll have something to refer to in the morning. Planning what you’re going to do on a weekly basis may also prove to be beneficial. Don’t forget to include the most important goals for the week, tasks you need to perform and any appointments you need to attend. There are apps you can use to help you organize your lists. However, having it written down means you can refer to it at any time.
Learn to Say No
For some people this is easy but many others, particularly moms, struggle to say no as they don’t want to let people down. If a new opportunity arises, take some time out and consider whether it is the best or the wisest use of your time. Think about what you are going to have to sacrifice in order to take advantage of the opportunity that’s been presented. If the opportunity does not suit you right now, don’t be afraid to say no. It’s not going to be an easy thing to do, but if you manage to learn this important skill, you’ll free up time that would have been unavailable.
Consider Shopping Online
Do you spend the weekend shopping at the mall? Have you considered online shopping as an alternative? The internet provides a wealth of different opportunities when it comes to shopping. Kids can be very trying when you’re looking for clothes, but you can take the pressure off by shopping online for outfits for girls. Being able to organize your free time better and not have to worry about shopping will mean your weekends are free for more enjoyable family experiences.
Get Enough Sleep
Trying to burn your candle at both ends will leave you tired and exhausted. If there’s nothing else you can do to change your work/home life balance, spend enough time sleeping. If you don’t get enough sleep, you’re going to struggle to be productive, and everything and everyone around you will suffer. Enforce your kid’s bedtime and stick to a regular bedtime for yourself. Keeping to a schedule will help you get to sleep and wake in the morning feeling refreshed.
Don’t Think You Can Multitask
There are plenty of people who swear by their multitasking abilities. The truth is that it is always best to concentrate on one thing at a time. Trying to spread your attention only means you do nothing properly. When you’re helping your son with his math homework, don’t spend time worrying about what you’re going to prepare for dinner. When you’re at work and taking part in an important meeting, don’t be distracted thinking about what your daughter is going to wear to her friend’s birthday party.
The sooner you realize and embrace this fact the easier your life will become. Yes, there are super moms out there who seem to be able to juggle things perfectly, but it’s really not a reality for most people. Don’t get obsessive about having a clean house. Instead, spend your time enjoying family experiences more. Keeping your home clean shouldn’t take longer than 10 or 15 minutes every day, as long as you’re organized.
Limit Your Internet Time
The internet is a wonderful thing, but it can also be a big time waster. Checking your social media pages, finding information using Google, looking up TV schedules and reading useless facts can take up hours of your time. Not only is it a time waster for you. It can also be a big waste of time for your kids. Introduce limits on internet time and when the limit is reached unplug your devices.
You might think that achieving a healthy work/life balance is impossible right now but incorporate some of the ideas above, and you’ll be amazed at the difference. You’ll be able to get things done and still have time left over to have some fun. All that’s required are a few simple changes to your daily routine. Before you know it, they’ll become healthy habits, and you’ll wonder what all the fuss was about. When you find yourself with some leftover time make sure you use it wisely and do things you and your family can enjoy. Not forgetting, of course, to include some time for yourself.