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These days, moms have to juggle more than ever. And because the pandemic has forced us to work from home while also ensuring our children participate in an online school, it seems that work-life balance is a long-lost myth — as if it were ever truly attainable for moms.
As the work-life balance lines become even more blurred than before, mothers need to find some happy medium to avoid burnout.
Even if you have a partner at home to help share the housework or childcare duties, women end up doing more chores and child care than fathers do. Because women naturally take on caretaker roles, the already slim margin for personal time.Achieving work-life balance can prove to be quite a challenge, especially to first-time mothers. Check out these tips to make things a bit easier! Click To Tweet
But we recognize that it’s essential for women and mothers to make sure they are taken care of and have their needs met — no matter what they are — to take care of everything else in a healthy and practical way.
That’s why we have compiled essential work life balance tips for working mothers. Whether you have a partner or not, these tips were designed to improve your life by weaving some more “me time” into your jam-packed days. So, put on one of your favorite trendy blouses and get ready to take on the day fiercely!
Create a To-Do List
Do your days pass you by, leaving you feeling like you haven’t been able to accomplish everything you need to?
Before your day gets started, physically write down your to-dos for the day. Whether you utilize a notebook or a whiteboard, it’s important to be reminded of your tasks to stay on track.
Plan Out Your Schedule and Stick to It
One of the most important ways to stay on track is by outlining your days.
Even if you have time for breaks, block those out in your calendar so that you force yourself to take a breather.
Having your digital calendar squared away with time blocks for every event throughout the day sets you up for success.
Get Dressed for the Day You Want to Have
Getting dressed may seem like a backburner task compared to all of the other things you have to accomplish. But embracing full-figured fashion to create outfits that look great can help boost your confidence and productivity.
We know that being stylish may be difficult with your busy schedule, but try to set aside time the night before to plan out an outfit.
If you find yourself picking out outfits in a hurry, organize your closet so that your favorite plus size clothing is front and center and easy to throw on in a hurry. A great outfit might be an afterthought, but it can transform your day.
Keep a Positive Mindset and Get Rid of Guilt
Working moms feel a lot of guilt, according to the Harvard Business Review. And while it’s okay to embrace any emotions as they come, we want you to rid yourself of any mom guilt you may be feeling.
But how do you do that while also balancing everyone else’s needs?
Use a personal mantra that you can repeat when the guilt starts to seep into your mind.
By repeating affirmations that help center you, you can easily make it through your hectic day.
Take Advantage of Child Care Providers, Family, Friends, and Partners
If you find yourself drowning in work while also taking care of your children, child care services can help.
You can also lean on family, friends, or partners to handle the children during busy times. Giving yourself a few hours of peace can help you to recharge and also get work done.
Ask for Understanding at Work
Today, many of us are working from home, which has allowed everyone to just be humans. What do we mean by that? Instead of sitting in offices uninterrupted, our virtual business calls are now filled with cameos from our pets and children.
It seems that the workplace culture — for the most part — has become more accommodating of interruptions and everyday life. And that’s why we think it’s great to let your manager know about your situation.
Having them understand your life in this way could allow them to give you more flexibility and consideration, should you need it.
Besides the kids, some distractions could pop up at any moment — especially if you are working from home. Try to limit distractions like social media, phone calls, or television while you’re working so you can maximize your time.
By limiting distractions, you can get your work done faster, which enables you to devote some extra minutes to “you time” or to taking care of the children. Your time is precious!
Every day, you do an impossible job, mom! And while you may never be thanked or acknowledged for all of the things you balance as a working mom on the daily, we wanted to let you know that we appreciate you.
We hope you can fold some of these techniques into your days to achieve a better work life balance.
How do you balance it all?
Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.