Can Working Mums Ever Achieve Balance?

A few simple rules to having it all.  Image licensed under Creative Commons .

A few simple rules to having it all. Image licensed under Creative Commons.

Is the idea of having it all a myth? This is a hot topic of debate at the moment, with many women feeling as if they have been mis-sold the idea that a fulfilling, successful career, a happy relationship and healthy, well-adjusted children can co-exist. And while you may be able to have it all, it's very hard to have it all at the same time - unless you have extensive support from family or paid staff. However, there are definitely steps you can take towards improving your work-life balance as a busy mum. This is essential in order to have a healthy relationship with your work, your family- and yourself.

Use Technology Positively

Technology can be a huge help to our lives, both in the office and at home. Smart apps are able to transform the amount of time spent on routine admin tasks in both situations. From scheduling automatic bill payments with your online banking app, to placing an order for the weekly shop while on your commute, there are many household jobs that can be taken care of in this way. In the office, there are even more routine functions which benefit from automation, from virtual payroll functions to apps which help you collaborate with clients and colleagues, like Slack.

...But Set Limits For It's Use

As much as tech can make your life easier, you must equally ensure that this great boon doesn't turn into a burden. Whether it's constantly checking work emails and eroding the boundaries between work and home life or letting you and the children zone out watching YouTube Kids or scrolling mindlessly through social media rather than talking to each other, you need to set boundaries for its use in the home. Whether that is no phones during family mealtimes or before a certain time, make sure you're consistent- with the kids and with yourself.

Learn To Outsource

There are only 24 hours in a day, and sometimes, you just have to accept that it's physically impossible to do everything yourself. The key to sanity, at work and at home, is to outsource what you can afford to. It could be getting some help with the cleaning around the house or simply someone to tackle the piles of ironing. In the office, let specialists take care of projects by sourcing the right people for the job, like a talented graphic designer to create that advertising campaign or Lexel, App Developers London to bring your business to a whole new audience. Giving control to others can be hard and requires trust, but it's the only way to get back a little time for yourself.

Learn To Say No

It's a hard one to overcome, but automatically saying yes is a huge enemy of balance. The more you do it, the more comfortable you'll get with it. We say yes because we believe that others will appreciate it, but frequently it just becomes a given. Saying no is actually more likely to make others respect you, and saying yes and doing a bad job because you didn't have time to focus on it - whether it's a report at work or a tray bake for the school fair.