Author: Nelly Alba
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Easy everyday habits to balance for working moms that you can foster right now 👏! We all want to achieve better balance, right? Well, here’s the secret – all it takes is a complete switch of your daily habits! For me, these habits were the crucial steppingstones I needed to keep harmony and good balance as a working mama today. Here are your top 3 easy everyday habits for balance.
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🌟HABIT #1: SELF-CARE REGIME
Okay, this is something I know many moms struggle with. You may ask yourself…”how will I create a self-care regime if I don’t even have time for everything else?” That is a fair question since it may certainly feel that way. However, self-care does not need to be something super lengthy that takes 5 hours. Your self-care regime just has to be something that you enjoy and is not directly connected to your work and/or family.
A good place to start is asking yourself when I will be alone, or when can I get some alone time. Maybe that is during the car ride to work or on a Saturday morning when your partner can watch the kids. It may also be late at night when the kids are asleep or early in the morning before they wake up. Afterwards, make a list of ways you can take care of yourself.
Start off with something simple like a bubble bath at night when the kids are asleep. Then slowly build up.
🌟 HABIT #2: SCHEDULE A DAY OF THE WEEK TO CREATE YOUR WEEKLY TASKS
Routines are everything (see routine examples: Daily routine schedule for working moms). Especially when you have a million and one responsibilities and tasks to take care of on a daily basis. But first, actually schedule a day of the week to create your tasks list for the week. If you have a partner, this is the time to look at each other’s schedule and come up with a time to chat. If you are like us – the kids are with us 24/7 so you may have to create your schedule with the kids around but that’s okay.
Suggestion: try and plan it around their nap time and when you are both at home. That typically looks like a Saturday or Sunday. Then set up a time to talk about the weekly to-dos.
If you don’t PLAN a time to meet, then it’s very easy to not get it done and start your week hectic and stressed (it has happened to me!). I would then add it on a white board on the fridge, sticky note or events on your digital calendar (whatever works best for you). This is something you can do right away.
🌟HABIT #3: SET BOUNDARIES – WHAT ARE YOU HARD NOS?
If you really want to find balance as a working mom, you NEED to create boundaries between work and home.
What does that look like?
It means that you come up with your hard nos. What you won’t compromise and a specific day/time that you will focus on one of the two buckets. For example, Saturday is my day for my kids, no matter what. It is not a time for me to answer work emails or make a few calls. And when I’m at work, I give my full attention there until my 2 pumping breaks.
I always have my phone in case of an emergency, but I tell dad to ONLY contact me if it is an emergency. Otherwise, wait for me to call or text him. Another family time could be Sunday church or holidays.
You need to figure out what those hard nos look like. You will feel so much better when your attention is 100% on your kids/ family or at work…not both.
To quote Aristotle, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”
Are you ready to switch up your daily routine? 👀
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