How Women Can Have It All - Be a Mom, Employee, and Freelancer While Having A Life

Aug 29, 2022

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Have you ever wondered how women balance their lives as moms, employees, and potential freelancers? While a company can show appreciation to employees by giving them hybrid schedules, it’s still up to a mom to ensure they have time for everything. Juggling responsibilities is a gargantuan task that needs precision skills.

Regardless, women can have it all - sometimes even better than men. As long as you have a good support network and know these easy hacks, you should get more out of your career and your home life all at once.

Stick To A Predictable Working Schedule

When it comes to your career, a flexible schedule can be effective in giving you more time for yourself. However, when you have a household to handle, an easy, predictable schedule you can stick to can be more valuable. It takes a bit of a challenge to align everything, but it should work out nicely once you get everything in check.

The best time to start work is whatever time your child goes out for school, usually around early in the morning. If you have a flexible schedule, setting up once the kids are out of the picture gives you enough time to do your thing.

Before starting, you can also set other things running in the background, so you don’t lose time on chores. Get something going on your oven, or turn the laundry timer on so you can use them as natural breaks. Relax at lunch break and get as much rest as you can get in between.

Having younger children or infants can be a bit more challenging because of their broken schedules. The best time to work is during a nap or bedtime, depending on your specific needs.

Don’t Be Afraid To Ask For Help

As a mom, you’re the primary caregiver of your family. You need the emotional support of your spouse, partner, family, and friends. However, you need to have everyone pitch in regarding household chores.

As a mom, you know that asking for help is a must. This is especially true when taking care of your household and kids. You can delegate your chores to your partner, family members, neighbors, or friends, depending on your needs.

Don’t forget that asking for help can also mean asking for favors. Your partner, for instance, could cook dinner for you or help with the laundry on weekends. You can do the same for them when they need it.

Most families have hired a maid or cleaning services to maintain their house. Use that to your advantage so you can have more time for yourself. This route doesn’t require much effort, and you can always throw in tasks when you have time.

Meal Prep On The Weekends

Eating healthy on a budget can be expensive, especially if you’re a mom. Feeding the best food for your kids means making much of it from scratch. You have to worry about getting the right ingredients, cooking, serving, and cleaning up after. If you meal prep on the weekends, you can cut down on cost and time, both you almost don’t have during the weekdays.

Start by cooking heaping portions of your favorite healthy meals. Store them in the freezer so you can reheat them throughout the week. You can also cook dishes in bulk and portion them out to store in the freezer.

Create A Workspace

Whether you work full-time or part-time, you need a dedicated workspace in your home, especially if you’re a freelancer. Working from home while having your own time can be good, but you need to be in a place where you can get things done. Set up an area in your house where you can work comfortably.

Get a dedicated desk and chair. Don’t ever work on the couch or bed, no matter how tempting it might look. Working from the bed is one thing, but working from the couch can make you feel unproductive.

You can always use your kitchen table as a makeshift office if you don't have enough space. Just make sure to keep the kids away from the area and away from your computer.  

Be There When Your Family Needs You

As a mom, you should always be there for your loved ones. While this can be tiring, it’s what being a mom is all about. Spending time with yourself, your partner, and your family is rewarding, especially during milestone events.

You should be there for them when you’re in the sweet spot. When your kids need you, you need to be there for them. The same goes when your spouse needs you and vice versa. Prioritizing your family’s needs and your own, you’re giving yourself a break and ensuring your loved ones’ happiness.

Having a support network can also help when it comes to your work life. You don’t have to do everything alone. While balancing work and life can be mighty challenging, you can do it as long as you have the right people behind you.

Don’t Forget To Escape And Pamper Yourself

Being a mom is a rewarding job, but it can also be draining. Some moms choose to quit their jobs so they can spend more time with their families. While every mother is different, it’s never too late for you to make work-life improvements.  

Since you’re juggling many things, setting aside time for yourself is essential. This can mean taking long walks to get a breath of fresh air, shopping at the mall, or taking a spa day.

Going to the mall or getting your hair done can be your way to relax and pamper yourself. It can be during nap time or after your child goes to bed. You can put your kids to bed and go out for an hour while your partner watches them. You can also indulge in a spa treatment every once in a while.

Final Thoughts

Being a working mom and career woman is tough, but it’s not impossible. Your family depends on you, so you always need to be there for them. While you have a career to take care of, you also have your family to tend to.

If you prioritize your responsibilities, you can do both work and home life at the same time. Remember that you have your spouse, partner, family, and friends to help you out. Don’t take everything yourself, and know that building a sturdy support network can ultimately pay dividends.

This is a post from a member of the Freelancers Union community. If you’re interested in sharing your expertise, your story, or some advice you think will help a fellow freelancer out, feel free to send us your blog post.

Katie Pierce

Katie Pierce is a teacher-slash-writer who loves telling stories. Writing keeps her (mostly) sane and grants her some quiet time at night before walking into a room of screaming kids in the morning.