As I’m sure many other working mums will agree, finding a good work-life balance often seems impossible. There is a fine line between our professional and family lives, it’s a tightrope that leaves us feeling torn. We so desperately want to be the best we can be in every aspect of our lives, but if we aren’t careful, we end up feeling burnt out.
A bad balance will quickly become feeling physically and mentally exhausting. Sooner rather than later, too much work and very little play will have a negative impact on your wellbeing, so it is vital that we strive to achieve a better work-life balance. I really struggle with shifting my focus, especially when work is busy. More than anything, I want to make memories with the children and ensure I am being the best mother that I can be, but at the same time, this blog is my passion, it is something I have spent years building up, so it can be hard to close the laptop, even if I am exhausted!
For me, the key to achieving and maintaining a healthy balance is organization. I am the queen of lists, lists keep me sane in all aspects of my life. Without lists, I wouldn’t be able to prioritize what needs to be done. I keep my work and life lists completely separate. If I didn’t, my work-life balance would be non-existent.
The best way to achieve a work-life balance that is healthy is to do one thing at a time. Filling your mind with everything that you need to achieve is overwhelming. Thinking of the day ahead all at once rarely ends well, so instead, split your day into sections. Below is an example of how I arrange my day.
- Section 1 – wake up, do breakfast for the kids, make sure the children are happy and engaged in what they are doing.
- Section 2 – get myself ready for the day.
- Section 3 – on weekdays, ensure the children get to school on time.
- Section 4 – whilst the children are at school, answer emails, tackle my work to-do list, do household tasks such as laundry.
- Section 5 – collect children from school, spend quality time with them, eat dinner, do bedtime.
- Section 6 – take time for self-care, catch up on tv and complete any small tasks left on the work to-do list if feeling
This is just an example, some days are busier than others. Some days I am completely overwhelmed with work and other days my thoughts swing in the opposite direction. On those days, the work-life balance is completely unbalanced, so I make regaining the balance my top priority.
If you’ve clicked on this post, you probably already know that deep down your work-life balance needs some attention. It may feel impossible to have a healthy work-life balance right now, but I promise, organization and changing how you arrange your day will make the world of difference to your well-being.