- By: Casey Foss
1. Develop a workable routine.
My life could easily descend into chaos; I use my routine to establish some semblance of order. That routine begins at 4:30 every morning with a workout while my house is still quiet. While this seems crazy to most people, my morning run gives me the energy I need for the day ahead. My routine continues after work when I transition to a slew of more kid-friendly activities.
2. Compartmentalize effectively.
Most days I stay at the office until the last possible second, then literally sprint to the train. Once home, I turn off work emails and turn my focus to my kids – enjoying some playtime before bed. I try to be totally present with them. Similarly, when I’m at work I’m singularly focused on the tasks that require my attention the most. To be clear, this is a goal; I’m not perfect and this is not every day. There are days when my professional goals require me to trade time at home for more time at work and vice versa.
3. Get leadership support.
One of the most important things for me was ensuring I had support from my company’s leadership team. As I approached motherhood, I talked to our CEO and other members of our executive team about my career goals. As a new mother, I discussed the challenges of keeping everything in balance. I focused on what was both realistic and sustainable. While I was hesitant to ask for things like the ability to work from home one day a week, I’m glad I did. And from all my partners – men and women alike – I received nothing but support.
4. Build a support system.
My imperfect balance would never work if I was afraid to ask for help. Being a working mother has taught me that it’s not only acceptable to ask for support from colleagues, friends, and family – it’s imperative. At home, I coordinate with family and friends to balance responsibility for the kids. If I’m on a business trip, my husband fills both of our roles at home. If I’m in a meeting, a friend may grab my daughter for ballet. And at work, I’ve built a support network of people across the firm who are there to listen and partner on common goals.
5. Don't try to figure it all out.
When it comes to merging motherhood and business leadership, nothing is preordained. As a Type A obsessive planner, embracing my unpredictable life required a period of adjustment. It was about accepting chaos as part of the life I chose – and not trying too hard to control it. But more importantly, it was about knowing when good enough is enough, deciding what really matters, and knowing my limits. I’ve built a team around me that I trust to play their positions on the field, so I can focus on mine.
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