Mamas Who Make It Happen: How to Prioritize Work Life-Balance
Juggling mom duties with a full-time job can be challenging, really challenging. After working in Boston for 10 years, Lindsay (our founder and proud mama of two) was tired of non-stop days and the guilt that came along with them. So she started JaneMade—a brand founded on the belief that women can do it all.
Don’t get us wrong. Work-life balance doesn’t happen overnight. But things sure got a whole lot easier when we began incorporating these four simple practices into our every day:
Create a to-do list. When you have a million projects on your plate, to-do lists are a lifesaver. Start with tasks that take less than five minutes to tackle, then rank the remaining ones by their due dates. Some things can (and should) wait until tomorrow.
Power down that phone. Disconnecting from technology at least once a day is an easy favor we can all pay ourselves. No matter how small, any break is bound to do your mind some good, and your favorite apps won’t disappear in the meantime—promise.
Make family your priority. Nightly dinners may seem very Leave It to Beaver, but rituals that connect everyone are important. Can’t make dinner work? Go for a walk together (ahhh, fresh air) or schedule some one-on-one bonding activities.
Honor self-care Sundays. Spending time with your loved ones is just as important as spending time with yourself, so when Sunday rolls around, make at least one hour of it all about you. Go for a run, read a book, get your hair done—whatever makes you feel best.
At the end of the day, it’s important to remember these practices aren’t just about you; they’re about your children too. If your little ones learn stress is normal, they’ll likely model the behavior as they grow older. By showing them just how important work-life balance is, you’ll be setting them up to thrive.
What works best for you? We’d love to hear your tips!