10 Genius Ways Moms #MakeItWork

Laura Pruitt, writer for LVB.com, talks about being a mom and addresses the challenges of adding a full- or part-time day job to the mix. However, if there’s anyone who can handle that task, though, it’s a mom. The data support it. They Chaotic Commute broke down the article in 10 genius ways Moms really #MakeItWork

“An office job may be 40-plus hours per week, but “momming” is 24/7/365. If you find yourself desperate and/or looking for a better balance between the two, try some of this advice.”

  1. PRIORITIZATION

    Whether you believe it is or isn’t possible to have it all, you can surely agree that one cannot do it all, at least not all at the same time.

  2. DAILY HABIT

    With prioritizing, it’s not just the big picture that benefits. Prioritization should be a daily habit.

  3. TIME MANAGEMENT

    Is execution where your plan falls apart? Try these time management methods:

    • Calendar blocking – Schedule appointments on your calendar to accomplish specific tasks. Not only is it a great reminder for you, it prevents others from scheduling meetings during your focus time.

    • Pomodoro – A trendy technique that followers swear by, pomodoro relies on working in 25-minute sprints to complete items from your to-do list. Take a three- to five-minute break before jumping back in and a longer 15-30 minute break between sets of four pomodoros.

    • Hardest first – If procrastination is a problem, you may benefit by forcing yourself to first do that thing you’re avoiding – to get it out of the way.

    • Quick wins – If hardest-first doesn’t appeal, try the opposite. Pick the easiest/quickest tasks from your list and knock them out first for some quick wins and to shorten your to-do list.

  4. EMAIL HIJACKING YOUR LIFE?

    One large roadblock to time management is email. Sixty percent of U.S. workers say, “The time I have to spend dealing with email is time I could be more productive,” according to a survey by Workfront, a work management platform.

  5. LIMIT THE TIME

    Establish times when you focus on email, then ignore it the rest of the time. If an email is truly urgent, there will be a quick follow-up by phone or in person when you don’t immediately respond.

  6. ASK THE BOSS

    You’ll never know what might be possible if you don’t ask.

  7. BE PRESENT

    Allowing for a little bit of overlap between work and home promotes flexibility and helps you get more done.

  8. OUTSOURCING

    Don’t take it all on yourself – outsource. Recognize the value of your own time.

  9. TINY FEET, BIG HELPERS

    Even tiny children can – and should – contribute to keeping the household running. Kids love to do things and feel a sense of accomplishment.

  10. SHARING THE LOAD

    Moms frequently default to completing all of the “emotional labor” even when household duties are split more equitably. Employ a shared calendar to get everyone on the same page and push your partner to take on tasks you’d typically do.

To read the LVB.com full article click here.


A mother of two, Laura Pruitt is marketing and public relations manager at Liquid Interactive (www.liquidint.com), a marketing consulting services firm in Upper Macungie Township.

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