Working in technology can require long hours at times, so tech moms can find themselves pulled between work and family obligations. Fortunately, because of their comfort with technology, tech moms are comfortable drawing on technology as well as family to find the balance. Here are some tips:
Work from home when you need to be hands-on with the kids and hands-on at work.
If a family obligation prevents you from going into the office, make use of technology to work from home. These days, you can access every tool you'd have at your desk from your home office. Just be sure that if you need to be on a conference call, your kids are in another room.
Use mobile apps to help you get through your day.
Because your smartphone is always with you, it's a smart tool to use to plan out your day. Look for apps that help you track and coordinate everyone's calendar and check items off your to-do list.
Build a smart home.
Take advantage of Internet of Things devices to help your home run smoothly. There are smart thermostats, smart door locks, even smart plant watering systems. Most of these IoT devices let you monitor and control them from your phone, meaning you won't have to run home to make sure you locked the door.
Coordinate with colleagues.
You aren't the only one with family obligations at your workplace. Find out about your co-workers' families, and trade off support. You can swap tasks or cover for each other if you need to head home early.
Take advantage of your company's benefits.
Find out what services and support your company offers to parents. This might include on-site childcare, a nursing room, flexible schedules, and other benefits to help out parents.
Partner with your partner.
You probably aren't the only adult in your child's life. Talk to your partner, your parents, your kids' after-school coaches, and see how they can help lighten your childcare load.
Give yourself a break.
Recognize that there are always tradeoffs. You may not be a perfect mom; you may not be a perfect employee; you may not have a perfect kid. Don't aim for perfection. Aim to be happy as a mom, happy as an employee, and have a happy kid. Take a break and step away from the pressure to have it all, do it all, and be it all.
Are you a working mom trying to find the right balance in your professional and personal lives? The Armada Group can help you find a job that allows you to be your best at home and at the office.