It’s not easy being a mum trying to juggle a full-time job. Full-time working mums often feel guilty about working, and feel like they’re neglecting their families. According to this article in The Guardian, a third of Britain’s working mums are the main breadwinners in the family. Work-family balance might seem like an impossible feat, but with the right strategy, it’s possible to attain. Here’s how to balance both your career and family:
Sort out your priorities
What are your top priorities? Whether it’s for yourself, your family, or your job, figuring this out is the first step to success as a working mum. Is spending quality time with your family and friends more important than attending every work meeting? It might seem hard to prioritise when it feels like everything is important.
You need to figure out what is more valuable, and how you’re going to slice up your time. Ask yourself the following questions: What work projects need my undivided attention? Am I spending enough time with my family? And what do I need for my personal health and wellbeing? Once you know the answers, your journey to work-family balance will be easier.
Learn to delegate
Once you’ve sorted out your main priorities, it will be easier to see what you need to do yourself and how someone else can help. If you don’t have someone helping you at home, share the chores with the rest of the family.
Giving your kids chores will not only lighten the load but also teach them about responsibility and the importance of doing their part for the greater good. Don’t forget to involve your partner too. You can take turns picking the kids up from school, packing their lunch and helping with homework. If you’re starting to feel overwhelmed at work, speak to your boss or ask your co-workers to help you out (hey, you never know).
Don’t be a ‘yes woman’. If you don’t have the time or energy to take on new projects or tasks, then communicate that effectively. Agreeing to everything and overwhelming yourself isn’t good for anyone – you’ll be stressed, less productive, and could end up getting ill. Setting boundaries both at home and in the office are extremely important. When you’re at home, don’t think about work and don’t check your emails – try to really be present. Setting boundaries are not always easy, but it’s essential to having a fulfilled life and happy family.
Make time for yourself
Most working mums put everyone else’s needs before their own – which isn’t always the best thing to do. Your health and wellbeing should be a top priority, so make sure you make time for yourself too. If you don’t take care of yourself, you won’t be able to take care of your kids or excel at your job. Once you manage your time wisely, you’ll be able to do things you want to do – like take a bath, go for a walk, watch your favourite show, or meet up with friends.
If you want to know more about managing a career and family, download our guide Finding a work-family balance. The best way to unwind, regroup, and spend time with your family is to take a holiday. If you’re thinking of planning a family holiday in Costa Blanca, get in touch with us. Our portfolio of family-friendly Calpe hotels has everything you need for unforgettable holidays.