Although the glass ceiling isn’t completely transparent yet, working women have made tremendous improvements in cracking it over the years and show no signs of stopping. The idea of women having careers and a family used to be an anomaly, but now it is commonplace. It may take some adjusting and some compromising, but women today should be bolstered by the fact that if they want to be equal parts career and family-minded, they can be.
Below are a few tips on how to achieve career goalsas a busy mom.
No matter who is with you, husband, wife, family or friends, it’s critical to always be open about your goals. This includes everything from school decisions to scheduling work hours. Keeping open lines of communication will ensure that every detail is covered. This will ensure you get the help you need while going to school as a busy mom . Whether you need to change your schedule for work, arrange babysitting or find time to study, communicating well with others close to you will have a major impact on your success.
- Online degrees
Many degrees can now be obtained online, and this is a great option for working moms. It allows for more flexibility with scheduling, leaving more time to focus on your children, especially during younger years. You can get anything from an online Master of Science in Nursing to an MBA. Online options are also generally more affordable.
The life of a working mother requires more planning simply due to the fact that more than one person is affected. Implementing small changes such as to-do lists or weekly plans can help prevent things from slipping through the cracks. Make sure everyone else in the family knows the schedule too so there aren’t as many conflicts.
- Learn to multitask
Time is sparse when balancing a career and family, so you have to learn to be creative. Read notes while making dinner, or practice presentations on your child. The hours are there, you just have to use them efficiently.
Many employers are open to letting their employees telecommute these days. Being upfront with your boss about this option can open doors and allow you flexibility for managing day care schedules, school outings, etc.
- Remain confident
Always remind yourself why you’ve chosen this lifestyle. Women are no longer forced to choose between motherhood and a career. You can have the best of both worlds, you just have to remain focused and diligent on that goal.
Being a working mother is a concept that should not only be accepted, but encouraged. There are many avenues today that make it possible, it just requires some advance planning and dedication. If you decide that the path of the working mother is the right one for you, follow it knowing that you will receive the utmost respect along the way.
Have you achieved your career goals as a busy mom?
Guest post written by Anita. Anita is a freelance writer from Denver, CO. She mostly writes about home and family, finance, and business. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys spending time with her family and reading a good book.
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