Being a working mom is already hard, and the pandemic is just making it worse. If you’re a working mom and are trying your best to make it through all your responsibilities, you’re not just a woman—you’re a superhero!
However, the fact that you’re managing it doesn’t mean that things are easy,especially during these tough times. If you feel like you could use some help, here are some tips that can help you balance your career and motherhood better during the pandemic.
If You Haven’t Already Set a Routine, Do It Now!
Working during a pandemic may mean that you’re working from home, your kids are at home, and if you have a partner, they’re at home, too. Already feels like three full-time jobs rolled into one, doesn’t it?
The best way to make sure everything and everyone that needs your time gets it at the right time is to set a routine. Waking up early helps you get a lot done ahead of time so that you can focus on your work later. Things like prepping your baby’s food, breakfast for the toddlers, and breakfast for yourself and your partner, if you’re living with them, is best done and gotten out of the way in the morning.
These are tasks that are best managed together with your partner instead of on your own, so make sure you talk to them and figure out a time that works for both of you.
Prioritize Tasks and Be Strategic About Them
Being a working mother during a pandemic, we’re sure you already have a lot to do. And so, instead of thinking of all the things that need to be done, a better approach is to analyze and decide which tasks need immediate attention and focus on completing them.
Your tasks could include preparing a presentation, conducting a meeting, giving the kids lunch, and helping them complete their schoolwork—things that can’t be postponed. Once your tasks are finished, or planned, you can create a new list of priorities. This will help reduce your stress level and give you a clearer picture of the high-priority tasks, the time available, and things you can actually re-prioritize in exchange for a mental break—even superheroes need to recharge (have you ever seen Super girl after she comes into contact with kryptonite?)
Outsource Some of Your Chores—A Personal Favorite
Staying at home more means you also need to shop for groceries more often, purchase additional household supplies, and be prepared to handle any emergencies that may arise. .
A great way to handle them is to outsource as much as you can. Have your groceries and supplies delivered to your house and schedule house cleaning help once a month to deep clean your house—anything that gives you a few extra hours of peace.
When you’re calling in help or having things delivered, make sure the representatives are following proper procedures to keep yourself and your family free from the virus. You got this!
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