As a working mom, not only do you have a 9 to 5 office job, but you also have a 24/7 job that you can never take a break from. Sure, you can plan a getaway every now and then, but until your kids are fully-grown, you’ve got a lot of responsibilities on your shoulder! Juggling them all may be difficult but not impossible! Taken from Forbes.com, here are some tips that working moms can follow to achieve better work-life balance.
Learn Your Employer’s Policies
Take the time to go through your employee handbook or to inquire about the company’s policies on flexitime and working from home.
If you’re a strong performer, you’ve got better chances of striking an arrangement. Just remember, when negotiating with your boss, present the advantages of you working at home that will ultimately be beneficial for the company.
Be professional and maintain good communication with your higher-ups and colleagues. If you need to be away to deal with family issues, make sure that you inform the necessary people ahead of time.
Learn to Say “No”
Remember that you don’t have to say “yes” to everything offered to you at work. This is especially true for things that cut into time meant for your family. When you learn to cut down on things that are done out your feeling “obligated”, then you will be able to focus more on the things that make you happy.
Fight the Guilt
Superwoman–and Superman–are fictional characters. Real people can’t devote 100% to everything they do. Stop feeling guilty if you miss an occasional soccer game or bail on a colleague’s going-away party.
Rethink Your Idea of “Clean”
Unmade beds or dusty moldings are not signs of failure. Try to get used to a little messiness and spend more time enjoying your life. If you can afford to outsource help, pay someone else to clean your house.
Protect Your Private Time.
Allow yourself to daydream in the subway or appreciate good weather on your walk to work. If you don’t allow yourself pockets of personal time, you’ll become too burned out to fully appreciate any part of your life.
Article written by: Raisa Tan
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