There are more moms than ever in the workforce. According to recent statistics, women make up half of all employees in the US, with four in ten homes in the country having a working mom. Being a mom that works full-time can lead to some feelings of guilt, as well as a lot of stress, as there are still things that you have to do once your day job has finished. Getting the balance between work and family can be tricky. The key to it is to focus on a plan, make sure that you get organized, and then find the right balance that works for you, between your profession and parenthood. With that in mind, here are some of the ways that you can help your career to flourish, as well as your family.
Let the guilt go
In those immortal words of Elsa, let it go! It is important to not make yourself feel guilty for working, or equally for not feeling guilty for being with family. When you are feeling bad for not being with your child you won’t be able to focus well on work, and on the flip side, if you’re thinking about work when you’re with the kids, you won’t be enjoying quality time together. Focus on the task in hand, and it will be a much better situation for all as whatever you are doing will be more enjoyable and more productive.
Have a separate workspace
Due to the recent and ongoing global health crisis, more and more people are working from home. So if this is the case, it can be even harder to switch off from work when you’re trying to be with family, and vice-versa. If possible, having a separate space that you can close the door on, to leave work behind, can help you to get that balance, as you won’t be tempted to log on your computer if it is locked away and out of sight. Some people are creating outdoor spaces from sheds or converting garages into offices. If you are looking to upgrade, and will be working home for the foreseeable future, then choosing an affordable home builder could be a good idea, to get a space designed with your family in mind. Then you can remember to add in a separate office space, so that you can work from home in a more productive way.
One of the things that is going to be the most stressful is trying to remember what everyone is meant to be doing and when. Plus, if you’re the only one trying to remember it all, that is when things can get forgotten and the stress can add up. Getting organized with a family calendar means that your partner can also check out what is going and what needs to be done, and the kids can also have some responsibility. When you are more organized, you can feel much more in control, less stressed, and better able to enjoy the downtime with your family after working.