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Posted by Doria Lavagnino (MONEY FORUMS: 3, Answers: 0)
Asked on February 18, 2017 4:29 pm
Hi Doria. This is a tough one, but I’ll share a few tips that work for me: 1) Waking up at least an hour before the kids hit the ground running gives me time to get a headstart. 2) Planning out my schedule for the following day immediately before bed is also very helpful (and keeps me organized). 3) Having activities planned to keep the kids busy when I know they will be at home on a workday. 4) If I have a ton to do but the kids are demanding my attention, I give it a rest. (It’s hard to do, but I’d rather spend quality time with them than continue to be distracted and get absolutely nothing done. Plus, they fall asleep at some point and I play catch up then). 5) Being realistic about what you can actually accomplish. (When I’m overcommitted, I tend to stress out and the kids notice that something’s off). 6) Time-management (The calendar is my best friend. Try planning the day (and evening) out in chunks. That way, you’ll know when it’s time to quit a task and move on to something else, and you won’t miss out on any of your children’s events/activities). Most importantly, I make my children a priority. Work will always be there, but they won’t stay young forever. Hope this helps the moms out there who are struggling to find that work/life balance. Good luck!