If there's one thing that's quite difficult to master especially for Moms out there, I guess it would be time management. I'd been a working Mom since day one and still until this very moment. It's hard to cope up with your daily responsibilities as a Mom and work and venture into a career. I'd been seeing a lot of comments from other people that you can only be good at one or successful at one, and more often you will be compelled to choose one. In the beginning, it was really a challenge for me. I love my family so much and I always wanted to be a good Mom. If there's one thing that fulfills me, it's seeing my children grow up to be responsible, God fearing, intelligent, disciplined and good individuals. Only then could I convince myself that hey, I have done a great job!
When my kids were still on primary school, a lot of parents who always see me at school during school activities and are aware that I am a working Mom always asked me how I am able to manage both tasks with much ease. They always see me in school attending meetings, watching school programs and supporting my kids during competitions. How I am able to do it?
- Of course, mastering time management and having that passion for both my family and career. I guess if you love what you're doing, you wouldn't feel the burden.
- Being organized is another thing. Prioritizing is the key. I always set a goal for myself and always maintain a planner and a diary book for my daily, weekly and monthly tasks. If it's a routine, I do not include it in the list anymore.
- I couldn't survive without the loving help from a house helper. I do the supervision in managing the household. I do the grocery shopping, paying the bills, checking on the cleanliness and maintenance of the house then I just give instructions to the house helper.
- During vacation leaves and off days. I do general cleaning, cook foods for the family, re arrange the furniture, decorate the house and go out and spend time with my kids.
- I'm just in the office for 8 to 10 hours, the rest, I'm on my own so I could decide what to do on those free time.
Now that I'm already working away from home (as an OFW), nothing much had changed except that my time with the kids were lessened but it doesn't compromise the quality time that I spend with them whenever I'm home. They are teens now, so they have more activities in school from which they are both engaged with. In fact, they could hardly notice my absence. When they need to consult me for anything, I am just a text away. We do talk regularly. Apart from going home regularly each year, I do bring them with me here for a short vacation during school breaks. They loved the idea that they could get that chance to be out of the country once in a while. I think it's great and we are all okay with our current arrangement. I'm still trying to master time management though. I still have a lot of things to do and catch up with. But I think I'm on the right track.
It takes a lot of discipline and hard work for you to be able to manage your time wisely. But if you do it successfully, then you will feel that certain kind of fulfillment and that's very rewarding! :)