A working mom has to juggle two worlds – a career and motherhood. Both of these are full time jobs yet for most women today it is a necessity. How can the challenges of these two worlds be made easier? Below are three easy approaches to help simplify a working mom’s life.
One. The best method is finding short cuts, but making sure to not “cut corners” in these short cuts. A mother is naturally a multi-tasker and this skill can help make the two worlds more manageable. Find ways to incorporate tasks together when appropriate. If a child does their homework while waiting before an extracurricular activity, like dance or soccer, then there will be no wasted time. By combining tasks a mother will feel and be more productive. Just make sure to know your limits in order to not get overextended. Another short cut is cooking larger meals on weekends and saving some in the fridge so that on week nights when work and school are bogging everyone down dinner can quickly be heated up but still be something healthy. A working mom’s “best friend” is having a doctor’s office that has extended or weekend hours, such as Winston Salem Pediatrics. The ultimate working mom short cut… using a lunch break to run errands, believe it or not a lot can be accomplished in that short time frame. This is a time during normal business hours so get the things done that cannot wait until the weekend or can be done much faster without the kids.
Two. Be organized! The quicker a calendar appointment or household item can be found the better the chances are for less stress and more time for the important things. Take a weekend to sort through the family calendar and find out a system that works best for everyone, whether it be color coding, separate calendars, or even a personalized tack board where all appointments & schedules are posted. Don’t stop the organization at just the calendar though. The easier it is to find items at home and work the more likely it will be to increase productivity and waste less time. Even the most completely “messy” person can slowly sort through their house and office to get organized… just take it one step at a time.
Three. Always set aside at least an hour or two every day for time for yourself, or “mommy time”. This time can be for anything from working out, to reading or just watching a favorite TV show. Having a little time every day to one’s self can help in not getting to overwhelmed or overworked. Don’t fret if you want to exercise at the gym or take a Pilates class but have no one to watch the kids, the local YMCA’s, such as Jerry Long YMCA, offer childcare and it is usually free with certain memberships. Find the closest YMCA to you by clicking here.
These are just three of many methods out there to make a working mom’s life a little easier.