We know it can be hard juggling being a Mum and working – whether you work full time, part-time, or for yourself, it can still be a struggle! We know that dad’s do an amazing job too – don’t worry we haven’t forgotten about you! But as its Mother’s Day this weekend this is a big shout out and a THANK YOU to all those amazing working mums out there – you rock! You deserve to be spoiled this Sunday and this is why….
- The juggling act
One minute you’re changing dirty nappies and the next you’re in a business meeting about KPI’s! It can be hard switching from one to the other, we’ve seen the bleary eyed mums come into work on a morning with dribble on their shoulder, we get it! Juggling can be hard, especially if you’re let down by childcare at the last minute. It might be a good idea, if you haven’t already, to talk to your boss about flexible working. Is there scope to log on from home or leave early one day and stay later the next? You might be surprised that your boss is happy to do this – go on why don’t you just ask!
- Taking too much on
Are you one of these who likes to do everything themselves and regularly say no to help? Well maybe it’s time to start accepting help from loved ones and sharing some of the pressure. It can be stressful and emotionally draining being a working mum, especially if your children are young and dependent on you. If a loved one can help out, then take that help wherever you can – even if it’s just to give you a break to have a hot bath and a glass of wine! We all need recovery time – life’s stresses can have a huge impact on us and affect our motivation and productivity at work and at home. Don’t be afraid to ask for help either – you don’t get anywhere without asking! This applies to your work too – if you are feeling a bit overwhelmed please let somebody know!
- Not being organised
Do you sometimes feel like you don’t know where your head is from one day to the next? Oh yes we can relate with you on that one! The best way to tackle this is to plan, plan and plan some more! Make packed lunches the night before, get clothes for work or school ready in advance, keep a “To Do” list on your desk at work, use your calendar or phone reminder feature for important dates or meetings. If you feel in control of your daily schedule it will really help you to work to your full advantage. And try not to worry too much about what’s going on next week or next month – sometimes just taking a day at a time works best. There’s no right or wrong way of doing it, but if you plan in advance it will just be easier to tackle!