If you’re feeling overwhelmed trying to balance a career, a family and your household, check out Mighty Mommy’s 12 practical tips that can help you balance your busy life without as much stress.
Tip #10: Schedule Free Time in Advance
Erin also highly recommends that women should schedule their free time in advance otherwise it might not happen. This requires planning and cooperation with your spouse or partner. Each person's free time can be scheduled and agreed on—and both must commit to making it happen. And don’t rely on a verbal schedule, grab your appointment calendar and actually write it down.
Tip #11: Investigate Flex Time
Flex time is so important for career moms. Erin suggests that women ask their current employer for a change in their schedule—which can include the option of telecommuting, working flexible hours, working a compressed workweek, or going part-time. You need to build a solid case for changing your schedule (a case where the main argument doesn’t hinge on your needs, but rather on what’s best for the company) and see if your boss will allow some flexibility. If not, then perhaps it’s time to find a job that allows more flexible work options.
Tip #12: Love What You Do
This idea may seem a bit ridiculous to include in our tips, but truthfully, I find it to be the most important of all. There is something to be said for people who live their lives looking at the glass as half full, not half empty. If you’re happy with your life, whether you’re a crazed working mom or a desperate stay-at-home mom, everything is going to be easier and more enjoyable if you have the right attitude.
My life with 8 kids has had more downs than ups, but I have a choice every day to love my situation or hate it. No one wins if you feel your circumstances are difficult or miserable, especially not your family. I think parenting is the most important job I will ever have, and if there’s one message I can leave with my kids it will be to always “Love What You Do” and if you don’t, do something about it!
Thanks to Erin Flynn Jay, author of Mastering the Mommy Track, for sharing her great insight with us.
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