Summertime is here and even though you are working, it is all about the sun and fun. In order to have a truly memorable summer, you can’t spend it in your office. You have to get out and enjoy it whenever time allows. When it comes to Work Life Management, the summer is the perfect time to focus on you and your family. In order to make that happen, I am sharing 10 Rules Working Moms Must Follow This Summer.
I must warn you, though. Some of these rules are easier said than done because we are programmed to put a lot of emphasis on our careers and workload. Just remember that in order to be the best you can be, all pieces of your pie can’t be for work. Save some of those pieces for life outside of the office.
Now, here are the rules:
This is one of the most important rules on this list, and may be the hardest to follow for some. Make sure to schedule downtime in your calendar—make it a priority. If you don’t, it won’t happen.
Block off at least 90 minutes of downtime per week in your calendar and adhere to it like you would to a meeting in your schedule. Use that time to get back to center, to relax, to refocus. Read a book, color, listen to music. Anything that doesn’t include work.
You need a few epic nights with your girlfriends. Whether it is a night on the town, or a get together at the beach, make sure that you have a few girls night out during the summertime. Start a group text with outing ideas, or get even more organized with a private Facebook group and plan away.
Take a trip
You have vacation time–use it. Make sure to take at least one trip this summer and make it an ultimate vacation. Put your out of office email notifications on and spend the time playing hard and not working. Even if it’s a staycation, make sure to take some time off.
Surprise the kiddos
If your kids are attending summer camp or in daycare, surprise them for lunch. Bring them a treat from one of their favorite restaurants, or dine with them and their lunch menu. They will enjoy the surprise and you will covet your lunch hour that much more.
Don’t try to do everything
Don’t be too hard on yourself and don’t attempt to do it all. Most importantly, don’t feel guilty about it.
Make self-care a priority
Not only does downtime need to be scheduled, but self-care does too. Make sure to schedule a self-care activity at least once a week. This can be anything from a massage, to a pedicure, to even a nap. Anything that fosters your mental, physical, emotional, or spiritual well being.
Keep it spicy and keep it sexy. A rule that you need to live by this summer is to have a regular date night, at least once a month (but its better when it’s twice a month). Giving attention to your mate is key to keeping your connection strong–summer nights are the best for this.
Leave work at work
Whatever you do, try to not work at home or during non-working hours. Utilize your off time creating memories with your family and those you love, not answering emails or working on things that can be done when you are in the office.
This summer rule working moms must follow is non-negotiable. But if you have to do work at home, do it after your kiddos are asleep and limit it to 60 minutes.
Write it out
One of the best ways to deal with anxiety, stress, issues, problems, etc. is to write it out. Journaling is great self-therapy and can help you get rid of negative thoughts and feelings and allow yourself to manifest peace and joy. Get a journal and begin writing in it daily for maximum effectiveness. Hopefully this rule can transition into the fall and winter months, too.
Last but not least, create a Bucket List and fill it with things that you’d like to do this summer. Want to go zip-lining for the first time, or go deep sea diving? Make your list and then make it happen. Even if it’s just one thing that you get accomplished on the list, you’ll have an experience you will always remember.
The summertime wasn’t created just for you to work through it without enjoying yourself. I hope you will use my 10 Rules Working Moms Must Follow This Summer to have the best one yet.