Balance, something we wish could be accomplished easily. But it’s not. It is said that the gender pay gap widens after women start a family meaning having both a successful career and a fulfilled family life, feels even further out of reach. Here at Anderson Hoare we are an all-female team. We want to be successful and have a great family life and we will achieve it.
Balance, Balance, Balance
Strike a balance that suits you!
Every family is different and everyone wants different things. What’s right for your boss, colleague or partner isn’t necessarily going to be right for you. Know what you and your family want and do what makes you happy. This may mean accepting flexible work, for example a Virtual Assistant.
Calculate what you can afford
Childcare is incredibly expensive and you will often find that going to work can actually end up costing you more money rather than boosting the household income. However, as soon as your child hits school age you’ve got both the freedom and time to get back out there and manage your life. Organise your life and lifestyle. You will then be able to keep track of what you spend. By creating a plan of what you can/can’t spend will make your life incredibly less stressful.
Take care of you
Managing a busy career as well as caring for your family can be extremely tiring, and many people forget to look after themselves and put their time and focus int everyone else. Therefore, prioritising yourself for time to time is key. Go to bed early, do some exercise and more importantly, take a breather. If you run yourself down you will be struggling to balance your family and work life. Create a routine so you know when to stop and start different things.
Build your support teams
You’ll need support teams to help back you up in your work and home life. This will help you balance your career growth and a happy family. Talk to your boss and be honest. Let them know what you need to be able to continue being productive within the business. Never be afraid to say something if you’re struggling, you can always talk to someone when things get too much.