Motherhood can bring on many challenges, yes, it brings many joys too but it is not an easy job. It's a lot of work not to just care for other humans but to also ensure you are spending enough time with them. Then, add in working a full or part-time job besides motherhood and it's no wonder statistics say that moms are completely overwhelmed.
I recently started a part-time job that requires some in-office time. I am not new to having a job outside of being a mom, however, it did take me almost three years to feel like I got working from home down. So, it should come as no surprise that almost two months into working outside of the home, I feel totally lost!
That's why I contacted one of my favorite bloggers, Julie, from Fab Working Mom Life and asked her to share with me (us!) some tips on how to be a working mom who thrives.
There are many types of working moms, just as there are many types of moms in general. Some of us work full-time rigid schedules in an office. Some of us are lucky enough to work from home, setting our own hours and being accountable mostly to ourselves. A lot of us fall somewhere in between. But what is constant is our need to make it all work, and succeed in all aspects of our lives. Here are some tips to remember to help us and our fellow mom friends thrive.
Set boundaries and limits.
We just can't do it all. The saying you can do anything but not everything is so true. We need to find that balance of catching up on our work and when to focus on family. We need to learn when to say no.
We don't have to do it all for it all to get done. Sometimes we have to ask for help. This can mean reminding our family members to pitch in. Or maybe hiring a house cleaner once a month. Or a robot vac, which is my personal favorite daily tool.
Systems and organization.
The mental load mothers carry is too heavy. Having systems in place where we follow regular routines helps reduce that strain. Home binders, planners, command centers, and Google calendar - any combination of those systems are helpful for everyone to know what is going on and you from forgetting something unusual and important.
Connections and community.
One of the best ways to feel valued is to make deep connections with others. Connections with family and at work help us feel like what we do matters and our time is worth our efforts. Having good connections with others also comes in handy when you need support and a friend or coworker steps up to help you out.
Find childcare you trust and your child loves.
This is the most vital perhaps. When we don't have to worry about our children and know they are loved and happy when we are at work, we can focus better on our projects.
I love these tips that Julie has shared and I can definitely identify the areas where I need to grow as a working mom. How about you?
About the Author
I'm Julie, a new mom and military spouse who works full time and blogs, all while wishing I had more time to read fun books. I write about being a working mom in order to help myself and other working moms in our journeys to find a balance between family, responsibilities, and hobbies so we can thrive both at home and at work. I can be found blogging at Fab Working Mom Life and Chapter Break, and hanging out on social media: Twitter ~ Pinterest ~ Facebook ~ Instagram.