8.18.2014

A Working Mom Experiment - I'm Trying Something New!

This crazy idea all started when someone (you know who you are) told me that she started each morning with three intentional breaths. Those breaths are just for her and helped start her day centered - what a concept.

This made me realize, as I eyed her jealously, that I basically fall out of bed each morning and hit the ground running. And I'm pretty sure that's not a good thing. 

Typing an email with my little guy in a Baby Bjorn
I am my own worst enemy, seriously it true. Nobody forced me to go back to work with a two week old, in fact I'm pretty sure most people suggested I take more time away. That said when you own your own business working is a necessity. 

Yep that's my little guy in my lap
Recently I've been feeling like I'm being pulled in every direction. I don't seem to be doing anything particularly well I'm missing what feels like every deadline and not giving my son any undivided attention. Forget feeling like I'm present in any moment. I'm always running through a checklist in my head of what's next. 

After a visit to the church of mum (aka a coffee date with my amazing mum) I decided it was time for a change. So here it goes. 

Starting today:
1 - I'm taking one entire week off, you heard me 7 days away!


2 - I will charge my phone in the kitchen so it is not the last thing I check at night or the first thing I check in the morning.


3 - My phone does not need to go everywhere with me - it is not an appendage those emails can wait until I'm done feeding my son. 


4 - I'm going to create a lovely workspace - my couch is not working for me.

Lastly and this one is tough
5 - I'm going to set some hard and fast work hours. This means when I'm working I'm not trying to balance a baby on my hip and when I'm not working my little has all of my attention. 

These are goals, I'm well aware some days I will fail but I'm giving myself the permission to try. 

It took me 5 long months to get here and I'm sure it will take me even longer to figure this out but I'm going to try. 

I'm all ears if you guys have any wise words. 

PS
For the record I'm writing this while pumping...


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4 comments :

  1. You got this Jenna! These are great rules to run by. Good luck! AND YAY 7 DAYS OFF!

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  2. I have often thought about the balance between work life and family life and I dont even have a baby yet!! I think your goals are great and you will absolutely be successful! Now go enjoy that splendid week off!!!

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