Running a family and being a career woman can be difficult to balance especially in this time and age where everyone is on the move.
Striking a healthy work-life balance is a challenge even in the best of times, but it is all the more daunting and necessary during times of economic stagnation and uncertainty like this.
Technology makes things worse because there’s now a thin line between work and home. It is so easy to get carried away and take home leftover work which makes it difficult to strike a balance.
Here are 6 strategies you can adapt to maintain a balance between work and life as a career mom.
1. Accept that there is no ‘perfect’ work-life balance.
When you hear “work-life balance,” you probably imagine having an extremely productive day at work and leaving early to spend the other half of the day with friends and family. While this may seem ideal, it is not always possible.
Don’t strive for the perfect schedule; strive for a realistic one. Some days, you might focus more on work, while other days you might have more time and energy to pursue your hobbies or spend time with your loved ones. Balance is achieved over time, not each day.
Keep a time log of your to-do list daily or weekly, including work-related and personal activities using planners, apps, and other resources. This data will help you understand how you are spending your time.
Pay attention to when you are most productive at work and block that time off for your most important work-related activities.
3. Set effective boundaries and work hours
With the increase of social media and other technological distractions, it can be hard to distinguish between work time, family time and personal time. Setting some boundaries for the use of technology can be really helpful in finding greater balance.
One can decide to keep mobile devices away during dinner time to make time for the family and other home matters.
4. Prioritize your health
Your overall physical, emotional and mental health is of utmost importance. If you struggle with anxiety or depression, take out time to look after yourself. If you are battling a chronic illness, don’t be afraid to call in sick on rough days.
5. Make time for yourself
Career moms can get so carried away trying to balance work, kids and their husband forgetting that they need to make time out for themselves.
Finding time for yourself is crucial in maintaining inner peace and balance within the hectic environment of work and home life.
But if you aren’t taking care of yourself, how can you expect to take care of anyone else well?
Find the time on a regular basis and an activity that will allow you to relax and recharge. Some ideas include: meditation, yoga, exercise, reading, writing, catching up with a friend, or pampering yourself.
6. Prioritize your personal relationships
There’s no greater joy you can derive than maintaining a healthy relationship with family and friends.
If your job or career is damaging your personal relationships, both areas will ultimately suffer. Ensure that you prioritize your personal relationships and watch your productivity and effectiveness on the job increase.
Connect with women on social media who are also working mothers; these are women you will be able to relate to on a whole different level. Plan events together and just learn from each other.