Whether you are a content creator, have a traditional 9-5, or work part-time, figuring out how to balance work and family life can be hard. Working from home on top of an already hard balancing act makes things even more difficult and for so long, I felt like I could barely keep my head above water. Last year, I decided to change this. I was tired of the mom guilt, the not posting on Instagram every single day guilt, the work guilt.
Over the last year, I’ve made quite a few changes to help make balancing work and family life easier and let me tell you – it’s been game-changing. There are still plenty of days that it feels like nothing is going right, they just don’t happen as often and when they do happen, I feel ready to tackle the challenge.
5 Steps I Take to Balance Work and Family
Working moms can have it all – the job, the family, the social life, the time to relax. Being a mom is all about imbalance. Making a list of non-negotiables will make it easier to prioritize the things that are most important to you. I personally started with five, but if you’re stuck on what your non-negotiables are, start by outlining your short- and long-term personal and career goals. This will help you figure out what’s important and will allow you to prioritize your needs versus your wants.
Lean on Help
Asking for help is so hard, especially as a mom, but it’s necessary. Doing it all gets overwhelming, fast, and raising kids is no easy feat! Whether it’s a group of moms or co-workers that you lean on for advice or a family member that helps with the kids a few days a week, asking for help and guidance will help pave your way to success.
Have a Morning and Evening Routine
When I was working towards balancing my work and family life, the first thing I implemented was a morning and evening routine. Having these figured out made getting ready for the day and tackling dinner and bedtime so much easier.
Getting up before my kids and husband gives me some extra time to myself to drink my coffee, go through my to-do list, review our calendar for the day, and just relax before things get crazy. At night, I try to put my phone away at least an hour before bed (this doesn’t always happen) to read, watch a show, get a quick workout in, or spend time with my husband.
We all know that balancing work and family life is not easy and one of my favorite ways to congratulate myself for getting through the day (especially when no meltdowns happen!) is to reward myself. Whether it’s going out with friends for dinner, doing a face mask and having some me time before I start cooking dinner, or treating myself to my favorite treat while watching a movie, these little rewards keep me motivated.
Be Your Own Cheerleader
Being a working mom is no easy feat. We are the ones getting our kids ready for school, packing lunches, cleaning the house, doing drop-offs and pick-ups, and everything in between, all on top of our jobs. Being your own cheerleader is so important, especially on the days that nothing is going as planned. Reflect on your achievements, speak kindly to yourself, and show yourself grace.
How do you balance work and family life?