How to Survive the Pressures of Being a Working Mom
While working and motherhood seem on opposite ends of the spectrum, it is possible to do both effectively and up to the standards you desire if you know what to do.
Set up a quiet office space
Working from home is not always the quietest or most private solution to working remotely. However, you can make this arrangement work in your favor, especially if you have to look after your small children as well. It is also important to have that time of separation from your kids so that you can get your full attention to your work when you need to. Having help on standby will come in handy for this. Otherwise, if you're determined to do it all, then this too is possible if you work around your baby's nap time and your toddler's playtime so that you can complete what you set out to do during the day.
Make sure your time works for you
There are only so many hours in a day and days in a year; it is up to you to figure out how to maximize this time so that you can focus on your baby and your business simultaneously. Of course, as a mom spending as much time with your baby and children is always going to be your number one priority, but then you also need to figure out how to put in that time for work to achieve the level of success you want. Many time management apps can help you stick to dedicated time slots so that you don't run into problems down the line. And by problems, we mean mom guilt - something every mother faces from time to time when their priorities aren't where they should be.
Speaking of making time for those things most important to you, if you have other kids you still have to tend to while caring for a newborn and managing a business, you should try to focus on quality time over quantity. Furthermore, you don't always have to make elaborate gestures to show them that you love them to the moon and back. Making the most of each and every moment with them is what counts, even if you're just spending quality time tucking them into bed at night, letting them help you help them tidy and organize their room, etc.
Making other changes
Perhaps you're working a job that you no longer feel up to working anymore because your priorities have shifted. You may wish to study online in the meantime so that you can work on improving your skills and knowledge while still looking after your family. There are many different degrees available online. That said, if you are studying for a business-related degree, you can also take advantage of improving your knowledge in subjects such as accounting, communication, and business management, which you are likely to end up applying if you start your own business.
Remember to take time out for yourself
It is equally important to pay attention to your mental health if you want to excel as a mom and a business owner. Also, know that it is okay to step away from your responsibilities for a bit while you focus on doing activities that lift your soul. Leaning on the assistance of your partner or a family member can help you take that break every once in a while.
Taking care of your family is and should be a joy; managing a business from home is a privilege. So let us take this thought and run with it while doing the best we can with what we have to make our days a success.
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