In the last fifty years or so there has been a complete transformation in the roles of women in modern society.
The participation of women in the mainstream working population is increasing every single day.
Women who work full time outside of the house are still expected to keep up with their household responsibilities.
In some places, the expectations from women are so much that they do not have the time to maintain a body, mind, and soul balance while keeping up with their responsibilities.
So how do these women manage a full-time career and a family without losing focus?
1. Enforce Sleep Timings
Did you get enough sleep last night?
This is the most important factor, which will determine your success throughout the entire day.
If you have children, their academic and social performance depends on whether they had a good night’s sleep last night.
Sleep deprivation causes mood swings, increased anxiety, and decreased physical performance.
Not getting enough sleep causes the body to be under-rested. Scheduling sleep timings need to be a priority just like all the other tasks in the course of the day.
Avoid trying to stay up late wasting time. Stop trying to justify not having a sleep timetable. This is just as important as any other demanding project.
The body needs to sleep at least seven to nine hours each night. Contrary to popular belief six hours of sleep is not enough for adults or children. Take the necessary steps to ensure so that you and your children get a good night’s sleep every day.
2. Establish Realistic Daily Goals
Women are taking over the world. The women population is the majority in most parts of the United States.
This means that there are more women workers in comparison to their male counterparts. Women face more competition from other women in the workforce rather than men.
To be successful women need to be able to prioritize their time better.
Every woman knows what she needs to be doing every day as the day progresses.
Sometimes we get ahead of ourselves and become over-enthusiastic when thinking about what we can achieve in the course of the day. In the long run, this can have devastating effects on a person’s health.
It can lead to the perception of feeling overworked, fatigued, exhausted, and overburdened.
Avoid trying to designate overzealous goals and objectives to achieve in a day. Be as pragmatic as you can when determining what you can and what you cannot achieve.
Take the time to slow down and take pride in each personal conquest. This will lead to a sense of satisfaction, rather than having a feeling of chasing an unattainable dream.
3. Set Practical Working Hours
Setting practical working hours goes hand in hand with establishing realistic daily goals. We talked about women having competition from other women.
Sometimes women put in extra hours at work to get ahead of the competition. They do not realize that the fight may be over but the war has just started.
Women have other commitments other than work. These other commitments are just as important as work to lead a full life.
Avoid trying to put in extra hours at work if you are not being compensated extra for your time. Let your employer know what you can and what you cannot do.
Your employer will feel the gravity of the situation and realize your talent and worth.
4. Stop Trying to Multitask
Computers and electronics at the height of achievement in today’s modern world multitask. Multitasking is best left to machines.
Psychologists have comprehensively concluded that when humans multitask, they do more harm than good. They fail to achieve either task using their full capabilities.
People can work more efficiently when they do just one thing at a time.
If you are at work, stop fretting about the laundry. If you are helping your children with their homework, stop thinking about the meeting you will have at work tomorrow morning.
Multitasking reduces a person’s focus and concentration. Multitasking has negative effects on a person’s memory.
Multitasking leads to a person making bad decisions. Multitasking reduces a person’s overall productivity. When we try to multitask there will always be something that will be left out.
This is the reason why we have to repeat that task. The best way to accomplish more is not put yourself in a situation where you have to be doing two things at once.
5. Delegate Instead of Liberate
Women often do more than they are supposed to just because of their inability to say no. Instead of saying no, they end up saying, “Don’t worry about it, I’ll do it myself”.
This happens more often than not. Daily interaction with so many people not doing what they are supposed to put a heavy burden on women.
Instead of taking on other people’s responsibility and wasting your time, learn to say no. Let others take on their fair share of responsibility. Let them know that if they are not going to be the ones to do it, nobody will.
After delegating the task, you will realize that you do have free time.
According to Leslie Ann from CrowdWriters, “I realized that I could get so much more done when I started to delegate tasks instead of trying to do everything myself”.
6. Designate Some Personal Time
Too much work for long periods without a break can significantly increase stress levels. Increased stress levels have a drastic effect on the health of a person. Managing so many things at once has adverse effects on a person’s health.
Everybody needs to find the time to unwind and relax. All the efforts that you are doing are so that you can enjoy your time.
Take a trip to the beach to find out from other people what your swimwear says about your personality. Go to the amusement park with a bunch of close friends.
The most important thing is to leave your cellphone at home. Enjoy your time with the people that are physically there with you. It will do wonders for your health and overall productivity. After getting back, you will feel refreshed and rejuvenated.
7. Stop Obsessing to Achieve Perfection
In the real world, perfection does not exist. Perfection is an intangible idea.
The house can never be perfectly clean all of the time. Your children will not listen to you all of the time. There will be times when you have to be strict with your children. That does not mean that there should not be times when you can let them go a little.
Give the children room to make their own decisions. Do not try to dictate each and every aspect of your children’s life. The same goes for your spouse.
You and your spouse need to have friends with whom you can socialize. Spending some time with a few close friends can help you to relax and reduce a lot of pressure.
8. Putting It All Together
The importance of one-on-one communication can never be replaced by the internet. Mothers need to realize that aimlessly surfing the internet is a huge waste of time.
Mothers and children can sometimes turn to the internet and begin to feel isolated in the real world. It can be difficult, but once rules are implemented, mothers will begin to perceive structure in their lives.
Remember to find time for yourself and engage in healthy physical activities. Engaging in physical activities with friends or family members can help to slow down the ageing process.
Physical activities are also a good way to develop critical thinking skills. It is essential that mothers know their priorities. Do not let anyone make you feel guilty for being a mother and pursuing a career at the same time.