A Working Woman’s Guide to Maintain Work-life Balance
It has never been easy for women to juggle a thriving career and a happy family life. It still isn’t because being a full-time working mom comes with bouts of stress and guilt for not being able to give equal time to work and family.
This being said, it’s 21st century and women from all walks of life are choosing to have it all — a blissful family, a rewarding career and some solitude to find some time for themselves.
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It’s been more than seven years that I’ve been working professionally and now I’m heading the marketing team at ProofHub. Just like other women, I’ve had my share of struggles in striking the right work-life balance post marriage. But as they say that resilience is one of the greatest strengths of a woman, I stood my ground and stuck to the following tips to manage work and my four-year old son together. Feel free to take leaf or two out of my book and stay on top of the things.
1. Sort out your priorities
If you want to be a successful working woman, it’s important to have your priorities in order — both personal and professional. To figure out your responsibilities at different levels, ask yourself a few questions. What can’t be compromised or is completely non-negotiable? What are those tasks you must marvel at and the ones that can be just good enough? What are the most-important commitments at work and family? Getting clear on these answers will help you prioritize, make adjustments and decide what you are and are not prepared to do.
2. Talk it out with your employers
It’s beneficial to keep the communication lines open with your manager, HR, and superiors. Be hundred percent honest and transparent. Let’s say you can’t reach office on time because you have to drop your kid to school, they can help you out by keeping your work hours flexible. If that’s a problem, be prepared with alternative solutions to show how the arrangement won’t affect your performance and productivity.
3. Learn the art of delegation
There’s nothing wrong in acknowledging that you can’t do everything on your own and a little help could ease your enormous workload. By doing everything by yourself, you’re not only fatiguing your body but also preparing it for a breakdown in the future. Decide what you must do yourself and what others can take care of. Seek help from coworkers, spouse, and family members. You and your spouse...