Work-Life balance is something that we all strive for as working moms.
We want to give our families everything they need, including being there for there special events, and nursing them kiddos back to health when they get a cold.
But there is another side. Work.
We have dreams of advancing our careers, starting a business or getting promotions.
Which all require time.
So, how do we have balance so that one doesn’t suffer? I asked 7 ladies this question. Check out this post to learn how.
Yoga and Bonding Time
Mitchelle | MamaBuzz
As a first time mom, I join Mom and Baby classes since I find it helpful if you want to meet other moms and their babies. I believe it takes a village to thrive the uncertainties of motherhood.
Second, I do workout at home in the morning and I do yoga before I end the day. It gives you a positive outlook about your overall health.
Lastly, I try to do a lot of activities with my baby and with my husband on weekends. In that way, we don’t get stuck inside the house and we get to bond with each other.
Schedule Time Off
Rachel | Rachel’s Crafted Life
I force myself to have at least 1 to 1.5 days off each week.
On Sundays my husband is home, we have church oftentimes I’ll invite someone over for dinner or games and I don’t even touch my computer.
With blogging it’s so easy to be constantly working because all you have to do is pick up the computer or your phone. But to avoid burn out and have a day to be inspired it’s good to take a step back sometimes.
So take a half day to go out with friends or work on a hobby and leave work alone. It will be there when you come back.
Build in Breaks and Dates
Nadalie | It’s All You Boo
Work life balance feels like the optimal goal for all of us hard working bosspreneurs. Especially in the beginning where we’re grinding and hustling so intensely it’s important to build in breaks.
To make a habit of hitting pause, shutting down our “work,” and being able to just walk away. And actually live in the moment and not spend that “life” time thinking about our work. I ensure that I take time to eat, drink water, and stretch my legs every work day.
Also, if my body is feeling the effects of working too hard, I stop and take the day off or a few days off. Pushing yourself to the point of pain doesn’t help you at all.
Plus, making sure I have weekly dates with friends to chill out, watch a movie, going for coffee and family dinners keeps me connected.
Time for Yourself
Scheduled Work Days
Audrey | Empowered Pin
To make sure I have a work life balance, I have scheduled work days.
My husband stays with the kids and I leave the house for a few hours and do focused work at a coffee shop. The only time I work at home is if I have something pressing. But it waits until my kids go to bed.
Scheduling days off is the best way for me to not get wrapped into work. I used to schedule work “hours” every day, but I found I had trouble with stopping work once my time was up. Scheduling a full day off (right now I give myself three) means I don’t even worry about work on those days, and it completely keeps it out of sight out of mind.
Clear Start and End Times
Marlene | Glitz & Grammar
I think as entrepreneurs, it can be really tempting to work round-the-clock. But the one thing that has helped me keep a bit more “balance” is to have clear start and end times.
I am only working if I have a babysitter or the kids are napping, and I won’t work past 9pm, that’s my hard cut-off. It takes awhile to decompress and wind down and you can’t be creative, or productive, if you don’t have breathing room to relax and unwind!
Julie | Fab Working Mom Life
Switching to working remotely has been amazing for my work life balance.
Being able to take my son to all his appointments and work around our family needs has been a game changer.
Thank you to all of the ladies that contributed to this amazing post! These work-life balance tips for moms would not be possible without the contributions these amazing ladies.
What do you like to do to maintain work-life balance? Let me know in the comments.