Before motherhood came along most women worked in a variety of professions, from managing their own businesses, performing shift work, or just doing long hours or having late nights in general.
By the end of the week exhaustion would set in so the weekend was the perfect time to catch up on much-needed sleep.Like every entrepreneurial mom, two of the top priorities in my life are my family and my business.
The female workforce is constantly having to make choices between career and family. After investing heavily both financially and emotionally in their education and building their careers, motherhood can often complicate even the well-laid plans.
There’s no one tactic or strategy that will work all of us when it comes to balance work and motherhood, but there are many women that have found a way to do it that suits their lifestyle. Here are some tips when it comes to being a mompreneur and feeling we are where we should be all the time.
Stop feeling guilty. Everyone will have an opinion about what you should and shouldn’t do and it will never stop. Only you know what is best for you and your child.
When it comes to balancing work and motherhood, using a day planner will help us mompreneurs stay on top of our daily schedules in priority sequence and enable us to know how to better prepare for the day ahead. Combine work and family schedule to ensure no double booking.
When cooking meals make, double serves if possible, casseroles, soups, spaghetti, etc. and then freeze so when you’re too tired and don’t feel like cooking you can pull it out and just reheat.
Make online shopping your best friend. Supermarket shopping on line is great, no more standing in queues, putting your back out steering the trolley with the dodgy wheel and trying to get there first thing so you can get a car park.
If you have a young baby on solids, then save yourself cooking time by making their meals while cooking yours e.g. steam some vegetables and grill some fish fillets, to which you can add the steamed vegetable stock and blend.
If you can financially afford to get a cleaner or ironing lady or both, what is stopping you? Does your house really need to be cleaned weekly or can it go a fortnight?
Don’t Be Too Hard On Yourself: There is only so many hours in a day available to get things done. Balancing work and motherhood and feeling efficient at both can be a challenge for the mompreneur.Don’t be unrealistic with your home duties when balancing work and motherhood. You don’t have to be a suzy homemaker to be a good mom.
Most importantly, look after yourself, eat a healthy diet, take a multivitamin, have a laugh and give yourself a pat on the back for getting through another day without going too crazy.
Motherhood is a wonderful experience. But this does not mean that you have to compromise your career goals. All it requires is a little preparation and lot of perseverance to achieve your objectives on personal and professional levels. Your family is already attuned to your current work schedule.