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How to stay focused on your career goals as a new working mom

Being a working mother is anything but simple. Actually, it’s hard, very hard. You don’t have as much time and energy to give as you did when you were younger. Plus, you must bend over backward to make yourself valued and appreciated. Right now, you’re probably wondering how you will balance work and family. Don’t quit your job to become a stay-at-home mom. You’ll regret it later on. If other women can manage to juggle a career and kids, so can you. Get back to career-goal setting and be the happiest mom you can be.

Let go of the mom guilt

There is still a lot of angst about mothers who work outside the home. People think that these women abandon their children, literally. It’s okay for men to go to work and earn the daily bread. It seems that women can’t do the same thing. If they work, they leave their children behind. It’s time that we finally got over these misconceptions. You shouldn’t feel the twinge of a guilt. You can be a fully engaged mother even if you have a career. Give yourself permission to do what you like. No matter the reason, it’s your decision whether or not you return to the corporate world and this is something to be proud of.

You can work a job you love and raise a happy kid. It may feel lonely at times, but keep in mind that you’re not alone on this journey. Becoming a mother changes everything. But it’s not all bad. For instance, you can understand what makes you happy. What is more, motherhood encourages you to live up to your values. When you live by your values, everything will fall into place. This might come as a surprise to you, yet children of working moms turn into successful adults. The point is that you must be a good example for your kid. Don’t disappoint them.

Limit your social media time

This is the digital age, so nobody can blame you if spend time on social media. More than 90 percent of mothers in the United States have a social .... Let’s not even talk about the active social media penetration in European countries. You turn to social media when you need advice or support. That’s understandable. While you can find out a great deal about parenting, it’s not a good idea to spend so much time on your smartphone. When you come home exhausted after a long day spent at the office, resist the temptation of scrolling through Instagram or Facebook.

Here are some tips on how you can reduce your social media use:

  1. Change the notifications settings. You never miss the chance to go through mentions and conversations. They don’t require your attention right now. Not as much as your child or your job do, anyway. If you don’t want to find yourself missing half an hour every day, change the notification settings. Block all notifications from social media apps. You must have some control over the way you consume technology.
  2. Take advantage of App Limits. Deleting mobile applications from your phone or closing your social media accounts isn’t a good idea. You should better use App Limits, which limits your time spent online. The idea is that the application will help you make the most of your time. Maximize your mornings and evenings. Most importantly, keep your social media habits in check.

Evaluate your career goals

A plan helps you understand how ambitious you are and what you want to do next. First things first. Evaluate your current situation. Use a calculator to convert your current salary to an hourly rate. It will help you get a good understanding of your career goals. When you know for sure how much you earn an hour, you’re able to evaluate job opportunities based on your salary. The hourly rate is important whether you’re salaried or work as a freelancer. Calculate your hourly rate and determine if the time spent at work is worth it. Do you make enough to cover expenses such as clothing, commuting, and time spent after work hours?

It’s important to review your experience and goals. Employers don’t have all the time in the world when it comes to evaluating job applicants, so you need to make sure that your application stands out. Think about the activities that you enjoyed doing the most. Was one more rewarding than the other? Chances are that yes. It doesn’t hurt to acquire additional skills. Maybe you would like managerial responsibility. Essential skills that allow managers to do what they do are planning, communication, decision-making, delegation, and problem-solving. Perhaps you should sign up for a training course to gain the skills you need.

Get in touch with other working moms

Stay-at-home moms have their own little group where they talk about breastfeeding, babywear, and so on. Since you’re a working mommy, you miss out on all that. This is precisely why you need to reach out to other women like you. You need friends who experience the same reality as you. You can work closely with other women and understand their feelings and emotions. No, you’ll not hear horror stories. Actually, you’ll discover inspiring stories. Meeting new people is probably the last thing you want to do right now, but it’s recommended to connect with mom friends.

Many think that working moms can’t have it all. They’re completely wrong. So, yes, you can build a thriving career, if that’s what you want to do. Being a committed parent and having a career is indeed demanding, but if anyone can do it, that person is you. Always think ahead. When you think of your future, envision a great career for yourself. You don’t have to choose between raising a family and building a career. You’re a hero and you certainly deserve it. don’t throw in the towel just yet. You don’t have too much time or too many resources, but you have the power to make things happen.

 

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