How to Manage Work and a Newborn
Anyone who grew up having a mom who also had a job knows that it can be a pretty remarkable thing to behold. How a person can put so much heart into their careers while also managing a family is nothing short of miraculous.
However, if you asked the moms how they were able to pull it off, chances are, they would say that it was quite the juggling act that; one that required a lot of focus, positive energy and time management.
If you are considering starting a family while maintaining a career or you have are a career woman with a new son or daughter in the house, we have five tips on how you can manage both work and a newborn while still keeping your own peace of mind.
Plan your pregnancy. This particular tip only applies to those who don’t have any children yet, but if you do fall into this category, it’s a good idea to do some family planning. Any mother you know will tell you that a child totally changes everything about your life and so if you feel like you need to dedicate most of your time to your career, then waiting to have a baby is a good idea.
Set a schedule. Anyone who works from home already knows that you have to be disciplined when it comes to sticking to a schedule. However, it becomes 10 times more imperative when you have a baby. When your child first comes home, take off a few weeks and get to know their sleeping and eating schedule. Then, work around those times until you can create a synergy between your baby’s needs and your job’s demands.
Downsize. Although you may want to do all of the things that you’ve always done before the baby arrived, the reality is that you probably won’t be able to; not for the first couple of weeks, anyway. So, make sure to let your employer or clients know that you have a new little one in the house and you need to scale back some of your responsibilities a bit. It’s better to have fewer things on your plate and do those things in excellence than have a lot to do and be overwhelmed.
Make time for yourself. Some new moms wear themselves out because when their newborn is asleep, they are immediately looking for work to do. No one brings meaning to “burning a candle at both ends” quite like a work-at-home-mom with a new baby does. Whether it’s napping, reading a book or treating yourself to a bubble bath, make sure to carve out a little time for you; time away from work and time to get a bit of a break from the baby. Rest is what produces great bursts of energy.
Take it one day at a time. Whether you birthed your child, adopted them or you’re a new foster parent xcel2000.com is a great website with fostering tips, by the way, you have to remember that you have a “new normal” to adjust to now. Therefore, don’t put a lot of pressure on yourself to get everything that needs to be done accomplished all at once. Some days, you will feel like you need to take it one day at a time and others will feel more like one hour at a time, but if you just keep in mind that you are doing a wonderful thing (taking care of a little baby) while still working in the process, you will soon realize that simply doing your best is what matters the most.
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