Working Mommy: How to Balance Work Life & Home Life

Working Mommy: How to Balance Work Life & Home Life

Learn how to better balance your work and family lives with these tips.


By: Andrea Updyke

Whether you work full-time or part-time, inside your home or in a cubicle, being a mom and having a career can be overwhelming. A balance between work and home life is crucial to having a healthy family life and a fulfilling career.

But don’t get balance confused with perfection.

No one can do it all. The key is prioritizing your responsibilities in a way that works for you and your family.

If you are looking for ways to finding that balance in your life, here are a few tips to get you started!

Save Spontaneity For Vacation
Even if you are a spontaneous person at heart, as a working mom, you probably just don’t have that luxury of operating that way in your day-to-day life.

Becoming organized is hard, and no one really wants to be ruled by the entries in her schedule, but keeping your days in order goes a long way toward keeping your sanity.

It really makes a difference to truly know when and what you need to be doing. Making a schedule saves time in the long run because you won’t have to waste those precious minutes trying to decide what to do next.

Find Your Best Moments and Make Them Work For You
Chances are, you have a time of day when you are the most productive. Try to use this to your advantage by scheduling tasks during that time. Take advantage of your own natural rhythms and work with them — not against them — to make sure you are at your best when you need to be.

If you work from home, aim to take five minutes here and there to put your laundry in the washing machine or load the dishwasher throughout the day. It will provide you with a nice break and keep things rolling smoothly on the home front.

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Make Meal-Planning Your New Best Friend
Plan meals one or two weeks ahead to save tons of time and daily dinner stress. But keep it simple! Just because you create a plan doesn’t mean you need to have four-course gourmet meals. Even simply writing “spaghetti and salad” or “dining out” on the calendar will free up your mind to focus on other things — dinner is taken care of. And when your family asks, “What’s for dinner?” you can direct them to the calendar.

Bonus meal planning tip: Get the family involved and let everyone choose a meal to save time and reduce complaints!

Delegate
As the woman of the house, it can be hard to delegate tasks. Letting go of the Superwoman fantasy and turning over responsibilities to others can lighten your load significantly. Even young children can help with chores like bringing laundry to the washer and setting the table. You probably could do it all, but you shouldn’t have to.

Remember, you’re not alone living in the house, so why should you be the only one to look after everything that goes on inside?

Say “No”
Whether it’s your boss tacking on an extra project at the end of the day or a school event you are asked to chaperone, saying “no” is OK. In fact, it’s healthy to give yourself limits and to let them be known. You will gain respect by pushing away the image of a “doormat” and protecting your boundaries, freeing yourself to do your best work on the tasks at hand. Even if it seems like the world is just piling on extra chores, remember that you’re the only one who knows what you’re feeling and how much you have to deal with.

Commit yourself to the things you truly want to be a part of, and then do them well. It’s better than spreading yourself too thin and being too tired to even know what you’re doing.

Laugh
Work-life balance isn’t simply about the nuts and bolts of getting things done. To maintain a healthy outlook on life, you must have a release. Make sure you allow yourself a few minutes each day to browse humor websites, watch a sitcom or read a book that will make you laugh out loud. It truly is the best medicine.

Say “Yes”
Saying “no” is important to maintaining your sanity, but saying “yes” is just as important. Include time in your schedule for date nights with your spouse, coffee with friends or a nice long walk. Remember, if mama isn’t happy, nobody is happy. Say “yes” to the things that recharge and inspire you to be your best in the days to come.

Andrea is the founder of Lil Kid Things and also writes for the Babycenter Blog. She lives in Raleigh, N.C., where she spends her days caring for her two sons, Oscar and Calvin, and learning how to balance work, kids and marriage.

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