Female workers are constantly forced to choose between work and family. After investing hugely emotionally and financially in their education and establishing their careers, having a child can cause problems for even the most detailed plans. Perhaps you’re afflicted by feelings of guilt when sitting in the boardroom when your child is under babysitter’s care or worrying that she’s not focused on her work during the late-night meetings; it’s not a great situation for a mother to be in. And, of course, the possibility of being criticized by supervisors and colleagues who are skeptical of her abilities to manage her family life as well as the demands of work.
Whatever the pay could be, it’s definitely not worth your skills and effort if you are forced to deal with this type of pressure every day. There is a risk of lower self-esteem and unhappy home and work surroundings. Sometimes, a little reflection can make you realize that you’re far more valuable than what you’ve been credited for.
In a joke, it’s often said that women are equipped with a “built-in dual-tasking device.” However, this is a concept that makes sense when you think about the expectations of a modern woman. I recall seeing a commercial video in the week of Mother’s Day. It shows a five-year-old trying to draw images of the family members. The child draws their father at work, playing soccer, her brother at work, and a sister on the phone. When she is asked to draw mom, the girl is so confused that she draws her mother’s arms with eight, which spoke to me in the most profound way. Mothers do so much without realizing it.
It’s time to think about it and put your knowledge and time to use while maintaining your focus.
1. Your Talent:
Why wouldn’t they recruit you to begin with?
Do you still have that same passion, the enthusiasm for your work?.
How closely do you keep track of the latest developments in your area of specialization?
Do you continue to utilize your skills, Or have you not been utilized to the fullest extent?
Does your pay cover the long hours of work. ?
2. Your Time:
Do you need to drive for more than two hours to get to work? ( That’s 4 hours per day and x gallons of gasoline each week. Calculate the numbers.)
Are you aware that your commute is a sign that you’re sacrificing your sleeping time? If you don’t get a good eight hours of sleep, you’re burning the candle both ways.
Are you able to dedicate at least two hours each day for you? Do you have time to not be distracted… all for you? Sometimes, just doing nothing can be an excellent way to boost your energy if the answer is a clear “NO” that implies that you’re allowing other people (and you) to take advantage of your time.
Do you do your work at home?
3. Your Money and Your Plan
Are you able to have enough money in your family account to last at least 3-4 months if you choose to stop your job?
Examine the financial implications and complexities repeatedly
Are you able to get 6 hours of uninterrupted work every day, working at your home? It could be 3+3 or 2+2+2 or even 6 hours straight.
Don’t overdo it and get caught up in the trap of thinking, ” I could work 10 hours, and I’ll save time commuting”. You don’t take into account phone calls, unannounced guests, sales representatives, and other unexpected interruptions.
Do you have resources that can enhance your talents and time? Such as uninterrupted internet access and voice mail, and many more.
Do you believe in the idea of “Not to be working more than six hours”? What is the point of working for 10 hours every day? It’s better to be working in the office.
4. Your Resources: You can.
Spend two hours ( out of six hours) to research potential clients that could benefit from your talents on the internet.
Determine the kind of work you’re ready to tackle and then create documents
Keep a record of your activities starting on the first day.
Keep professional and personal correspondences and contacts distinct.
Make sure you have a PayPal account ( or explore other options )to be able to transfer funds.
Contact people who can provide you with an ongoing stream of work, and you don’t have to hunt for them by yourself.
Motherhood is an amazing thing. However, this doesn’t mean you should sacrifice your goals in the workplace. All you need is a bit of preparation and lots of dedication to reach your goals at both the professional and personal levels. Your family is already tuned to your schedule. They don’t interrupt you working when you’re in the office. Therefore, it may take time for them to realize that when mom works from home, she’s working. A little tweaking to the family schedule will eventually allow you to have at least 6 hours of working time.
You’ll now become a “work from home mother” and not be an employee on-call. This means you can take the ability to control your time and can make it completely yours. There is no reason to feel guilty for doing things for the benefit of your family, and you shouldn’t be forced to compromise your dreams also. It’s time to step in the back and think about the bigger perspective. This will help you take control of your life and provide you with the perspective you need.