1.Find childcare providers that you trust
Knowing that your child is cared for is crucial to having peace of mind when you are at work. Find a daycare, nanny, or someone you know that you trust with your child.
2.Maintain open communication with your manager
Being a working mom does NOT mean you will be a less productive employee. However, changes will definitely occur.
When a child is sick, Mothers are typically the primary parent and is the one responsible for picking up the child after work; working moms often need more flexibility in their schedules.
The important thing is to make sure you communicate to your manager what your needs are, as well as how you will continue to do your job well. Hopefully, your manager will be understanding and appreciate your transparency and dedication to both your family and your job.
3.Reduce distractions and time wasters
Time is such a precious commodity when you are a working mom.
At work, be mindful of the time you are spending socializing with co-workers if it is affecting your productivity. Limit long lunch breaks and surfing the internet so that you can get the most out of your work time.
When at home, focus on your partner and your child rather than your phone or the TV to ensure that the time spent together is meaningful and intentional.
4.Stay organized using calendars and lists, plan ahead
The mental load that working mothers must take on is a responsibility that no one else can understand.
Prepare outfits and lunches the night before so that you can enjoy your morning instead of rushing to get out the door on time.
Use planners, apps, and other resources to keep track of your never ending to-do’s and let go of some of the mental weight.
Plan ahead as much as possible so that nothing is left to the last minute.
5.Say yes to less
You don’t have to say yes to every single party invitation or extracurricular activity if it is causing you more anxiety than enjoyment.
Determine how much your schedule can handle and choose the activities that your child will enjoy the most. Don’t feel bad about saying no to the rest. Overbooking takes all of the fun out of the experience and leaves no time for much needed rest.