Working moms share their insights and strategies to having work-life balance and finding fulfillment.
Beth and Meg Amat, the ultra creative mother-daughter duo behind Eve & Co. Floral and Event Styling, limit their load to two to three projects a week even though they get work offers one after the other. They do this to have “work-life balance.”
This strategy also ensures that they do not get overly exhausted and that they remain inspired and able to give their utmost to every endeavor.
Indeed, it can’t be all work and no play or we’d all be dull like Jack and Jill. Today’s working moms especially need to find that delicate middle ground between their careers and their families, while valuing themselves as well, so as not to get overwhelmed or depressed by never-ending demands and distractions.
Get a life
In her blog Development Crossroads, Manila-based certified career coach Shana Montesol-Johnson affirms that getting a life outside of work can make us happier and more successful. Here are her three reasons why:
One, jobs change. Companies downsize and contracts end. A female worker marries, gets pregnant and has to stay home with her baby. “Whenever the ending or transition comes, it can hit us especially hard if our sense of well-being, happiness and identity are all wrapped up in our work,” says Montesol-Johnson.
Two, it’s unwise to pile all your expectations into just one part of your life. If you let your contentment depend on your job alone and your work suddenly shifts or becomes unbearably taxing, then you will most likely be confounded and miserable.
Three, having varied interests and passions can enhance work performance and make you more effective at what you do. “Knowing something about a topic outside the beaten path of your field can help you bring a different perspective to your work. Plus, the mental and physical break from work can leave you fresher when you are on the job,” she explains.
Thus Montesol-Johnson’s wise advice is to enjoy work and to optimize it to play to your strengths. “Squeeze as much happiness, satisfaction and fulfillment as you can out of it. And get a life, forge an identity, and look for a source of joy and meaning outside of your career.”