Wednesday, March 18, 2020


How To Manage Motherhood….
& A Healthy Work-Life Balance



 

Hi Readers,

              Welcome back to another blog post. I have to say it’s been such a long time since my last blog entry, and I couldn’t go another day without posting. I’m still very active and consistent on my Instagram platform, but I must say having my blog gives me the space to share my thoughts, tips, and experiences with you all. I’ve had so much life changing experiences happen so far this year that sometimes it feels like I can’t keep up. However, I’m so thankful for it all because I don’t know where I’d be today without having experienced it all firsthand. So, in today’s blog post I want to share with you all how I’ve managed motherhood, my career, and life. I get asked this question a lot, so I want to share with you how I balance it all.

              Motherhood is one of the most fulfilling journeys life has to offer, but it can be exhausting as well. Keeping a tiny human alive and well is not as easy as it looks. I mean you are raising a human. Add working into the mix, and you may find yourself feeling stretched very thin. As a mom who works full-time outside of home, I can definitely say that’s how I’ve felt at times. When there are so many things pulling you for time and attention throughout the day, it’s easy to feel as though you’re not excelling in any of your roles, at home or in the workplace.

              While the “Perfect” work-life balance may feel unattainable, here are some strategies I use on a daily to maintain my sanity and my purposes as a full-time working mom.

 
Create A Routine and STICK to it…
I know this sounds easy to do but sticking to a routine is the hardest part. Rather than thinking of all the things you need to accomplish, focus on your action items with the highest urgency, and make that a priority. Make a list of 3-5 tasks you want to get done that day and cross them off as you go. This act provides satisfaction since you are making progress and reaffirms the fact that you’re capable of accomplishing multiple tasks, both at work and at home.




Let go of the Guilt…
Rather than dwell on how you’re not with your child, think about how your role in the company is benefitting the family. Perhaps you can afford certain classes or educational opportunities for your children or you’re able to put away saving for college. The most successful career moms have found ways to be efficient in both worlds. That requires being able to come to terms with choices and focus on the priorities that are in the most important. 




Work Efficiently…
As tempting as it may be to easily get distracted with looking at your phone, do your best to resist. I set a screen timer on my phone each day to help remind me of how much time I’ve spent on my phone and when I need to put it down. Decompress during your coffee and snack breaks but try to avid personal distractions when not on break. By giving your job your full attention while there, you’re freeing up time that can be spent with your family in the evening.

 
Be Present…
When you work full-time, you only get to spend a few hours with your little ones each day. Since I’m a Corporate Buyer, my work hours are Monday through Friday with 7 to 3 with two work from home days. My son goes with me to work each morning because my job provides us with a daycare on site so I can make my way over to see him on lunch breaks when I can. However, I still feel like it’s not enough time. Depending on when your child wakes up (Mason is up 6am) I have an hour or two with him in the mornings before taking him to daycare and roughly an hour and 3 hours with him after work before she goes to bed. Some days, I feel like I hardly see her. It doesn’t feel like a good work-life balance when I’m at work for eight hours each day.



Because of this, when my baby is awake, I am in full mom-mode; my laptop stays closed, blogging shut down, and my phone on Do Not Disturb. I make the most of the time we do have each day by giving him my undivided attention during our precious hours together.

 
Outsource Errands…
Before I had my baby, errands didn’t seem like such a hassle. Nowadays, it often feels impossible to squeeze those tasks into an already demanding schedule. Take advantage of the services available to you. Many companies, like Instacart, offer unlimited plans that make these services more affordable. Asking businesses if they offer frequent-visitor discounts never hurts either! Doing most of my shopping online has made a huge difference. Amazon, Target, and even Costco offer one to two-day shipping when you meet minimum spending thresholds. Using these retailers to stock up on the everyday essentials frees up additional time you can spend with your kids. 






 

As always, thank you for reading!

Please comment below and share!

 

Xoxo,

Angie

 

 

1 comment:

  1. Social media makes parenthood look easy, so thank you for continuing to share not just the easy parts but the challenging aspects as well. Keep up the good work!

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