Just Recruitment Consultant Abigail Webb knows a thing or two about the demands of parenthood and work. Here’s the mother-of-two’s inside track on hardest balancing act of all.
1. There’s nothing to rival the feeling of returning to work after maternity leave.
2. People come and go, and dynamics change.
3. You’ll slot in soon enough.
And you’ll rapidly remember what you love about your career. I find mine to be stimulating and unpredictable, which is a great combination.
4. To succeed, you need to be hyper-organised.
5. Routines are good.
They make it easy for everyone in your household to know what to expect on any given day. I don’t think I could fit in everything that I do without having some pretty well-rehearsed routines in place.
6. Be prepared.
I tend to log in to my work emails in the evening and catch up with admin and other tasks. That way, when I arrive in the office the next day, I can send vital emails to clients and candidates, and get on with the business of my job.
7. I thrive on pressure.
8. You need to make room for hobbies.
As well as my job and my family, I’m a British Dressage competitor, and keep two horses. I ride most days, and find this time really creative and energising.
9. Working parents should never be afraid to get hired help.
There’s nothing that will compensate your kids for your time. So pay someone else to weed your garden or clean your house, and spend those hours catching up with family.
10. If you’re earning the money, be sure to spend it on exciting things.
We plan a regular trip out with the kids so that they get to enjoy the rewards of our efforts. That’s also a great way of giving them a good work ethic, because they get to experience the benefits of hard graft.
11. The first thing I tell myself in the morning is: “You have had seven hours’ sleep. Honest.”
It’s all about mind over matter.
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Posted on Tuesday Dec 13