Moms are busy creatures. We are SO popular. Well, at least I feel popular when everyone is asking me for something. That’s popularity, right? Even the once aloof cat is all up on me lately. And as a working mom, I get to add a boss to that mix. Its exhausting and lovely at the same time.
When I hear “work/life balance” it makes me a little crazy. Can I really achieve it? What does “it” look like? Does achieving balance mean leaning in or opting out? Hands free or hands full? These catch phrases seem to be buzzing about simply to give me an inferiority complex.
So, I had to figure out what balancing it all looks like for me. And it looks like getting my needs met: Downtime for myself, quality time with my kids, alone time with my husband and achieving my career goals.
I have come up with some tricks to get all of these needs jammed into my week. I don’t adhere to any particular philosophy (other than extreme organization), but I approach my tasks consciously thinking about how I can do the following:
- Increase efficiency
- Be flexible
- Take help
And the purpose of this blog is to share the way I do things to help me find balance. And it takes work. Meaning a CONSCIOUS EFFORT to pay it forward to yourself by planning and being organized. Setting up systems at home and work has helped me get closer to having an outstanding balance in my life, rather than feeling indebted to my tasks. When my life hums along and I can sit down at the end of the day with a smile, feeling fulfilled, all that prep, planning and execution is worth it.
I am a full time working mom with two little children and a household to manage, just like millions of other women. And I LOVE it. I love working, I love my kids and I love the processes that make it all work.