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I often get asked “how do you do it: full time working mum, Director of a company, class parent, member of the local football club committee and still manage to cook meals from scratch every night, and get time to work out?!”. How can I find a balance with all of this, especially when my home and office are the same place?
Firstly, let's be clear, it isn’t easy. ‘Work-life balance’ is a term commonly thrown around but for me it’s about work-life choices. What I choose to commit to, how I choose to manage it and how I decide what is important for myself and my family.
I can’t answer “what does your Monday look like?” without starting by telling you what my weekend looks like. I didn’t realise until now how much the girl guide motto of my childhood - “Be Prepared”, and be ready for anything that might come your way - has influenced my adult life.
Having a meal plan ready for the week - a mixture of easy dinners, including some I can throw in the slow cooker, and leftovers for lunches - with food already purchased, sets us up for the week. I take this to a further level on a Sunday night where you will already see coffee cups, bowls and saucepans all out ready for Monday breakfast, clothes laid out for the morning and school items ready for my son. A little OCD perhaps but it makes the next morning flow quickly and ensure at 8:30 my son is ready to leave for school on time (or at his PC ready for remote learning given that I am writing this during the COVID-19 pandemic!) and I am in my office with a latte in hand.
To be successful you have to be set up for success. Below are some of my top tips.