There’s a lot of pressure on working moms to do it all and do it perfectly. Women who are high-achievers in their careers often achieve that success through meeting and exceeding their own high standards. For those who have children, there is often similar pressure to be an unfailingly supportive, patient, and attentive parent. Managing a thriving work life while coordinating your children’s schedules, showing up to school functions, and soothing bruised knees and feelings is always a juggling act, and it can seem especially overwhelming when we live in fear that dropping even one ball means we’re failing.
It’s common to hear the word “perfectionist” used to compliment those who strive for excellence through scrupulous attention to detail. From a psychological perspective, however, perfectionism can be cause for concern when we measure self-worth entirely in terms of achievement, and when we compulsively strive toward standards that are unobtainable and come at great cost to mental health.
It’s a new year and with that comes a fresh start, a chance to do things differently. We’ve spent the last several weeks welcoming some new members into our private Facebook group, and as always the discussion has been riveting.
Lately we have seen a lot of members reflecting back on wins and challenges from the year that has passed. We’re seeing some common themes around the idea of avoiding burnout and working smarter not harder.
Many of our members are brand new to business, but a large portion of our members are in their second, third, fifth, and even 10th year of business and beyond. They have seen the good and the bad and lived to tell the tale. They have put in the time, hustle and hard work. And for some, they realize that pushing themselves to far too often is not sustainable.
So we wanted to share our top 5 tips for working smarter in 2018.