I was chatting to one of my new clients recently who has just returned to work after her second maternity leave. She announced that it’s her time now and she wants to start focusing on her career, however she is worried about how she is going to make it work, as she wants to give her all at work but also wants to spend time being a mum as well. Juggling a successful career and being a great parent can feel like a high-wire act, but it is completely possible. Here are some tips that might help you if you are feel the same as my client.:
First things first, figure out what’s most important to you and prioritize those things. It might mean making some tough decisions, but having a clear sense of your priorities can help you focus your energy and time on the things that matter most.
Communication is key. Talk to your boss about your family commitments and your need for flexibility. And don’t forget to discuss your work schedule and deadlines with your family so that everyone is on the same page.
Setting boundaries is super important, especially between work and family time. It can be a challenge, especially if you’re working from home or have a demanding job, but it’s important to be clear about when you’re available and when you need to focus on your family.
Don’t forget to take care of yourself! This means taking the time to exercise, meditate, or practice other self-care techniques that work for you. When you take care of your physical and emotional health, you’ll have more energy and resilience to meet the demands of both your career and your family.
When you’re with your family, make sure you’re fully present and engaged with them. This means putting away your phone, avoiding distractions, and giving them your full attention. When you’re at work, focus on your tasks and try to avoid getting distracted by family concerns.
Keep in mind that finding a balance between work and family is an ongoing process. It might take some trial and error, and you might need to make adjustments along the way. But with patience, communication, and a willingness to prioritize what’s most important, you can find a balance that works for you and your family.
This article was written by Charlotte Worth, Life and Career Wellbeing Coach. Charlotte helps her clients to unlock their full potential by enabling them to navigate any bumps in the road, embrace their strengths and achieve their work-life goals. You can get in touch with Charlotte at her profile page.
May 1, 2023