Being a mum has never been easier, or has it? While the world is evolving and mums are no longer expected to stay at home, taking care of the children and the house, there’s still a whole lot of things expected out of mothers. Of course, things are much better than they used to be for women, but despite the fact that men and women are now expected to share equal responsibilities, if we are being honest we have to admit that women have to carry the weight of being a parent a whole lot more than men do.
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While the gender pay gap remains as alive as ever, many women dedicate their careers to becoming successful, but that’s not to say that they don’t want to be great mums. The two can be combined so long as there’s careful planning and good time management.
To help you out we’ve put together a guide that should help you in this endeavour.
1. To-do Lists Everywhere
As discussed earlier, to make the most out of your day as a working mother you need to be a master of time management and this is why you need to-do lists for everything. As a working mother you are expected to juggle a lot of things, so your brain needs help with everything it needs to remember. This is where to-do lists come in.
Make sure that you create separate lists for everything. You can have a daily planner to remind you when you need to wash the whites for example, or when you need to change the sheets and you can have a meal planner so you won’t have to waste your time thinking of what to cook every day. Also, make sure that you have a list for your work tasks and a grocery list. Take 15 minutes each evening to update your lists and to remind yourself of any pending emergencies you need to deal with.
To-do lists will save your life and make you more efficient, both as a working woman and as a mum. To make things even easier for us, technology is here to help, simply log in to your app store and download a good planner app, we strongly recommend Out of milk –it’s a grocery list, but it can’t be used for everything, really. You will find that lists will save you time and that by managing your time correctly, you have more time for yourself.
2. Have a Children-Free Zone
If you are working from home, you are going to have a hard time separating your work life from your home life. If, however, you truly want to dedicate yourself to your career, make sure that you dedicate a space for your home office. Remind yourself –loudly if you must- that in there you are nobody’s mum. In there you should be a career driven woman with one thing in mind: success.
If on the other hand, you’re not working from home and you have to go into the office, make sure that you make the most of your time there. Remind yourself –have a post-it if that will help- that you don’t need to call your kids every five minutes, focus on getting your work done and impressing your boss and/or clients. Remember that the more work you do at the office, the less work you’ll have to take home.
3. Make Your Home as Practical as Possible
Very few of us take note of how much time an unorganised house consumes, so make sure your house can cover your needs without adding stress. For example, if you have a large family and washing takes up a lot of your time, make sure to invest in a second washing machine, this way you can do twice as much washing in half the time.
Also, make sure to cook bigger portions of everything rather than having to cook every day. Use your freezer to the maximum of its capability by storing anything that can be stored to be consumed at a later date.
Have dedicated play areas where your kids can play with their toys but don’t allow them to bring the chaos into the kitchen, for example, besides the real dangers this can cause, it can also add to your stress levels.
Being a working mum simply means that you need to be a time management master, so organise yourself properly and you’ll see wonders.
What other tips do you have for working mothers? Let us know in the comment section below.