How to Balance Motherhood and Your Career

Becoming a mother means a lot of things. Among this list of lessons you learn in motherhood, being a mom means you quickly earn your certification in professional multitasking. Somehow mothers find a way to make balancing life, motherhood and a career look easy when being a full-time mom and a full-time businesswoman seems exhausting to even think about. How do moms do it all and then some? Read on to discover five tips to help you balance motherhood and your career.

Define success
Success looks different for everyone. Maybe success is owning a business, raising a happy, healthy family or just getting to a meeting on time. Whatever success is for you, define it early on. You will find much more clarity if you define your own idea of fulfillment and use it to guide you along the way in motherhood and in your career.

Ditch comparison
There will always be someone out there who is more successful, in better shape and volunteering for more of their kids’ activities. But no one can love your family like you can. Ditch comparison early on and instead focus your energy on what matters most to you and your little family. Comparison is exhausting––don’t waste your time with it.

Make organization a priority
Whether you are naturally an organized person or not, a calendar is a mom’s best friend. Use a calendar to keep track of everything from meetings, events, doctor appointments and reminders. If you make organization a priority, the balancing act between motherhood and a career seems a bit more doable.

Think big picture
Balancing motherhood and a career is not always productive meetings and happy kids. In fact, some days are filled with back-to-back meetings, demanding emails and tantrums. Don’t let a bad 24 hours discourage you. Keep a big picture mentality because although balancing work life and family life can be downright exhausting, there are also few things more rewarding.

Be honest with yourself
More than anything, be honest with yourself. Needing a break from the chaos is normal, so don’t overcommit. You don’t have to head the new project, volunteer to be team mom and plan the office happy hour all in the same week. Set boundaries and ask for help when you need it.

The term “working mom” is synonymous with “superhuman.” Follow these tips to help you find the balance between your career and motherhood.

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