For work-at-home moms, juggling every aspect of your family life, household affairs, and professional obligations every single day can be overwhelming. Achieving work-life balance is easier said than done when you're taking care of the kids, doing household chores, and getting some work done all at the same time and at the same place. Nevertheless, these tips should help you realize it:
1. Set a schedule.
Proper time management is key for someone who has to keep up with her household and work responsibilities on a daily basis. Setting a schedule or a daily routine makes ticking things off your to-do list easier. Keep in mind that you need to allow some flexibility in your schedule to accommodate unexpected and unplanned incidents that are part of everyday life.
2. Manage your household better using technology.
Practically anything can be done with the help of a reliable Internet service and a computer or mobile phone. You can do your grocery shopping online and even pay your utility bills without leaving the comfort of your home.
Meralco Online and its app version Meralco Mobile allows you to settle your bills online-all while managing your family and work responsibilities at the same time. If clutter is an issue at home, you can subscribe to Meralco's earth-friendly paperless billing. But if you're particular about tracking your bills, you may view them online and save a PDF copy for your reference.
3. Define your workspace.
This allows you to have a place where you can accomplish your tasks without any distractions. It also puts you in a proper work mode so you can get things done more efficiently. You can even think of your designated workspace at home as your office. You just need to be clear with your family-particularly with your kids-with what you consider your working hours.
4. Ask for help.
As much as you want to be a super mom, there are times when you need to take a step back and allow others to lend you a hand. Don't be ashamed or afraid of reaching out to your loved ones for help. You'll be surprised at the number of kind and generous family members and friends who are willing to help out.
5. Remember to self-care.
It's important to take a break and spend a little "me time" as well. Parenting in itself can be draining, so imagine how you'll feel if you add work stress and worries to the mix. Check this link for simple and easy ways to practice self-care.
At the end of the day, what's important is you don't beat yourself up when things go sideways. Do what you can, ask for help when necessary, and remember to take care of yourself.
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