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It may be difficult for many, especially moms, to raise a family while juggling your career. It’s an achievement and beautiful thing to raise a little one, but you also have to focus on yourself and the goals you have planned for as a career woman as well. This is especially important if you need to support your children financially as well. However, balancing your family and career is only easier said than done. Fortunately, it’s possible as long as you plan everything well!
So if you’re looking for ways to balance career and family life, then check out these helpful tips below.
When it comes to juggling your priorities, there’s no need to choose one over the other. Here are the top five ways on keeping your work and children on top:
Plan the Pregnancy
There are now many women in the workforce, with a lot of them holding high positions while still raising their children. If you ask these women on how they do it, a lot of them say they would wait until they are ready and plan ahead to make sure their little ones won’t be neglected by their growing career.
So if you feel like having a child may shift your focus on the career, then it’s best to postpone it until such time you are able to focus on your child while being on the top of your game, career-wise.
Focus on What’s Happening NOW
Juggling a lot, especially something as important as career and family, can had you become distracted and unfocused on both. If you’re worrying about your child while you’re working or vice versa, then you’re wasting brain power when you should be spending the time and concentration on what’s happening right in front of you.
Remember, worrying isn’t as productive as you feel like it is. Concentrating on what’s on hand, however, will help you achieve even more. So if ever you feel like your worries get in the way, take the time to breathe and relax before you get back to what you were doing.
Understand Where You Work And Consider a Flexi-Sched
When you plan on having a baby while building a career, there will be a few hiccups along the way. However, as long as you plan it, you won’t need to worry! To help you out with that, you should understand the company and align yourself with where you work, ensuring that they are parent-friendly. This will avoid any issues in the long run. Check if they are able to give you a flexible schedule or even onsite day-care. Having maternity leave is also something to consider, especially if you are still planning on becoming pregnant. Reread that employee handbook!
Don’t Forget Your “Me” Time
This is probably a very difficult suggestion to deal with; especially if you’re a new mom trying to adjust with what’s been happening since you gave birth! However, having time to yourself and taking a break from it all is especially important. Think of it as refueling your energy levels like a car fueling on gas.
I recommend that you have time to yourself about half an hour every day. While you might think it selfish, it’s a good thing and will have you ready to accomplish more things you found difficult before taking the time to relax.
Maintain Contacts With Everyone and Ask Help If Needed
Life shouldn’t stop when you have a baby. However, it may feel like that’s happening because you’re focusing more on work and home life than anything else. However, you must develop the contacts with your other friends (especially mommy friends!) to get the support you need to lessen the stress and know that you are loved and can go through your daily struggles with family and career. Maintain both your business contacts and keep your friends and relatives updated.
Also, if you need help babysitting or with common household chores, you should never be afraid to ask for help!
Wrapping It Up
You don’t need to sacrifice either your family or career for your future. You can do both as long as you plan well and know what your priorities are. There’s no need to postpone or five up one over the other, with millions of parents doing this and still succeeding in being the best in the business while remaining great parents to their children.
I hope that these ways to balance career and family life gave you an idea on what you should start doing to juggle your work and children. So don’t wait any longer and being following these tips now.
If you have any questions or want to share your tips, experiences with balancing family and career, then comment below. Your thoughts are much appreciated.