Big changes are on the horizon. I’ve taken a full-time position with my department! I’m excited to take on more challenging work and help to bring about some exciting changes for my organization. Still, becoming a full-time working mom will be an adjustment.
What I haven’t yet decided, though, is whether the adjustment will be difficult . . . or easy.
Let me explain.
For the past four years, I’ve been working part-time. During the two years before that, I was a stay-at-home mom. Although I love spending time with my children, the day-in-day-out demands of full-time mothering quickly wear on me. By nature, I’m an analytical, strategic, “plan and execute” type of person. Faced with a wide open day and a series of repetitive tasks, I can easily feel scattered and become sullen.
Over the past few months, I’ve realized that I have much more energy on the days that I go to work. I come home feeling invigorated and excited to engage with my family. Having already had my “me” time for thinking, reflecting and planning, I feel better able to cope with the craziness of family life with young children.
My excitement isn’t entirely easy to admit, of course. Among the many congratulations on my new position there were a few condolences and questions. “Are you really ready to go back to work full time?”
I am! (I think.)
But I welcome any advice, tips or strategies from moms who work full-time or have made this transition. “Get a cleaning lady” has been my favorite tip so far. What are yours?