Tips to Maintain the Work-Mom Life Balance

Posted May 23, 2016 by Julie in Parenting, TopPosts, Working Mom / 50 Comments

Being a working mom is tough for many reasons. You miss your little child all day while you’re at work, you come home tired and still need to save some energy to spend time with that sweet child, as well as uphold the home. It is easy for you to get overwhelmed with everything, which is why finding balance is so vital.

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Tips to Maintain the Work-Mom Life Balance

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Understand and embrace the fact that things have changed. The fastest way to mom guilt city is to expect everything to remain as it was with such a massive shift in your family life. You may not be able to do everything at work as before, such as work late, take lots of business trips, etc., and that is OK! Make adjustments where needed and ask your supervisor for flexibility in your schedule. Being able to come in a bit late if your baby kept you up all night is very good for safety and sanity, but also is better for your work product since you will be less stressed out and, therefore, more focused on work.

Keep work at work, but don’t completely leave your family at home. Particularly for a new mom who recently returned to work, leaving your family “at home” is just not possible. This was especially true as a breastfeeding mother since I had to pump every so many hours. My phone was full of baby photos, and I also could pull up the nanny cam app and see my little one at any time I needed to. So do bring pictures and let your office feel like a warm place where you don’t have to forget about your family. Then, focus on your work tasks so you can remain productive. But leave the office work behind when you go home for the day so you can focus on your family when you are home.

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Tips to Maintain Balance as a Working Mom

Get organized and streamline your routines. Morning and evening routines typically look the same each day, so get a plan together and write it down if you need to. Plan for the next morning the evening before, such as packing lunches and setting out clothing. Not only will this save you from forgetting something important (like setting the coffee pot), you’ll have more time to focus on what matters most.

Find a hobby you love, and make time for it. That’s something so important for moms since there’s always someone who needs our attention. When I do find that precious time to myself, doing something I enjoy helps me recharge and be able to do it all again the next day. For me, that is reading and book clubs. I try to make time for those, even if that means bringing the baby along.

Give yourself grace. Most importantly, be kind to yourself. I allow myself to be imperfect because I know perfectionism is impossible right now. So what if my house is messy? I’d rather spend time with my child than clean all the time. My nails don’t have to be painted. I don’t have to be the supermom who doesn’t exist. I do the best I can, both at home and at work, and I allow myself and others to pat me on the back for a job well done.

How do you maintain balance as a working mom?


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JuliepicI'm Julie, a new mom who works full time and blogs, all while wishing I had more time to read fun books. I write about being a first time working mom in order to help myself and other working moms in our journeys to find balance between family, responsibilities, and hobbies so we can thrive both at home and at work.
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50 responses to “Tips to Maintain the Work-Mom Life Balance

  1. I also avoid the perfectionism trap. There’s no way to attain it. So, I do the bit I can do and leave the rest. I don’t compare myself to other moms. I realize I’m on a unique path and I’ll keep pursuing that. Doing this enables me stay sane. And, of course, I read. That’s my favorite past time. I enjoy it and helps me stay grounded.

  2. Judging by all the comments and shares, it appears you have struck a chord! Ah, yes, that elusive balance…now where did I put it?!
    Thanks for sharing this at Coffee and Conversation last week, Julie…you have no iDEA how I needed the reminder!!
    Hoping summer doesn’t leave me behind!!

  3. Julie, these are thoughtful tips. I particularly like–like so many others–the suggestion to be kind to yourself. We are our own worst critics. Thank you so much for sharing with #ShareTheJoyLinky!

  4. Great tips. I think you are right we need to be very organised in order to be able to get all ready with anticipation. I’m running out of time lately and I getting a little bit disorganised. I just need to start planning my dates much better. Thank you so much for sharing this at #KCACOLS. So sorry for my late comment 🙂 xx

  5. Great post! Thanks for that. I’m the working momma, while the Mrs. has/is the stayat home for Little and Big! We both have struggles, yet its good to hear that other working moms have similar feelings to me. Balance is so tricky and can easily become a slippery slope! TY! #momsterlink

  6. I’ll have to do this soon after I come back from maternity leave and I know it’ll be an emotional struggle. Thank you for the tips no doubt they will come in handy! I especially like keeping work at work but your family can come with #momsterslink

  7. I don’t work as such, although I would call being a mum to four work, but I do blog and I think it’s important to find the right balance with that too. These are really good tips, I cant imagine how difficult it is juggling a job and children, I admire anyone who does that! #momsterslink

  8. I’m still trying to find the balance! Organisation is definitely key, but unfortunately my work hours as a vet aren’t flexible so I spend a lot of time trying to juggle everything. #KCACOLS

    • Yea my hours aren’t too flexible either working in an office environment, so I juggle a lot too. It isn’t easy, but we can do it!

  9. A hobby is soooo important to get a break from all the demands and just have time to yourself. I also love the ‘keep the work at work’ tip. Work can be exhausting and stressful, and it’s so easy to drag that home-but it ruins your mood! I think balance is so incredibly important, and this is a wonderful post! Thanks for sharing <3 #KCACOLS

  10. Love this Julie, it is so hard to balance it all as a working mom. So your tips are so important, thank you so much. Shared for other moms! #KCACOLS.

  11. Preparing things the night before has saved me from being late for nursery and work many a time. Unexpected things always happen, but if you can get ahead with the things you can control it makes all the difference. Great tips! #KCACOLS

  12. I always recommend a hobby when I’m helping other people with their virtual assistant business. They always think it odd at first, but it really is one of the best tips. Having a hobby gives you an outlet to get rid of your day’s stress, which is double important when you’re working from home because when you leave work you’re still at home and you need to transition from one frame of mind to another. It’s never easy and anything you can do to lower stress and provide a barrier is a good thing.

  13. This list is spot on. And I love that it ends with grace. The last seven months at my job have been super challenging and a lot of it was due to the fact that I lost my work life balance. It was all about fitting my life into work, as opposed to fitting my work into my life.

    Doing something you love, blogging, reading, hiking, they all help you get centered after spending your day working and having to muster the energy to be the mom at home that you want to be.

    • Thanks Angela, yes losing that balance makes everything so much more stressful. I’m glad you’re finding it again and are back to blogging 🙂

  14. Finding balance can be so tricky! These are great tips though. I work from home and need to remember some of these. Being organized is a huge help for me.

  15. Great tips! I love the “keep the work at work”. When I was working, it was sometimes hard to forget about it, but I learnt to leave it at the door and just enjoy the time with my son.

    Laura xx
    Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday 🙂

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