On Monday I went back to work. For those of you who may not know, I work as a manager at a call center. I am over the training department. The company I work for is a start up. That means that we are growing very quickly and constantly. Things change every day. That means that I am a workaholic. The last few months of not worrying about work have been complete heaven, but going back to work has been somewhat refreshing.
The last week of my maternity leave I did a few things to prepare to head back to work. I cleaned my house, sent a few emails and started working on my plans for how I'm going to survive being a working mom. So far things are going really well.
Here's a few tips for making that tough transition to full time mom and full time employee.
1// Get your clothes in order
One of my biggest worries for going back to work was getting there on time. To try to ease this worry I took a few steps during my last week of leave.
I washed all my clothes and organized my closet and dresser. This way when I go to dress myself, I know where my work pants and shirts are at. No more digging through everything I own and taking 45 minutes just to FIND my clothes that are appropriate for work.
2// Do parts of your morning routine at night
As much as I like to have a shower in the morning, I haven't had a lot of time for them in the AM. Sometimes I get one in the morning, but I have more time to get us ready.
I also used to make Corey lunch in the morning. Now I pack most of it at night and save myself about 10 minutes every morning.
3//Don't get back in bed.
You WILL fall back to sleep. You WILL be late. Your make up WILL be all smudged. And you will not start that day out right.
4// Have a back up plan for childcare
I use a private baby sitter for childcare. That being said, she will occasionally need days off. I've made sure my employer is okay with me working from home if necessary to take care of Clara if the sitter is unable. I also have a back up for my back up. Knowing I'm covered when I'm back at work is a huge relief.
5// Meal plan
I am the cook at home. Corey's specialties are microwave dinners, ramen noodles, and frozen pizza. While there is nothing wrong with that, I don't want him microwaving dinner every night To keep that from happening, I meal plan. The hardest part of cooking every night is deciding what to make with the stuff I've got at home, and that causes me a lot of stress. Having a meal plan saves time and ensures that I have everything I need to make what we're having.
Katie @ Chalk it up to Better Luck