Now the summer is over and the kids have gone back to school, are you thinking about re-charging your career? That might mean a renewed dedication to your current position, consideration of a job change, or starting your own business. If you’re re-entering the workforce after a layoff, the issues can be even more complex.
But how do you find the time and energy to revive your career when you are also caring for growing children and aging parents – especially if you are a sandwiched boomer? Here are some practical strategies for success when negotiating the demands of work and motherhood:
Find your unique passion and cultivate it. What brings you joy and the ability to be fully engaged in your job? Recognize the creativity and excitement that emerge as you follow your dreams. When you are in flow, you won’t notice the day flying by as you immerse yourself in your projects.
Set carer goals that you can accomplish. Work hard at your job and treat it with the significance it deserves. However, if you are a parent, remember that your work at home is just as important as your career. Pay attention to what is going on in your family and have contingency plans for how to keep members feeling secure.
Put in effort and practice hard to excel. When you strive for your personal best, repetition becomes you partner in success. Set long-term goals as well as realistic and incremental steps to reach them. Give yourself credit when you achieve an objective and, as you set the next one, aim to move ever closer toward your ultimate goal.
Brainstorm and think outside the box. Be creative when you are faced with a complex situation. Often you can improvise when a solution doesn’t readily appear. Use your skills to develop resiliency. Your first plan may not work but keep revising until you have plans that you can implement.
Bring all your resources into play. Draw upon you friends, extended family and available community services to help you through the challenges you are facing. Learn to cooperate with others and use teamwork as you strategize and move toward accomplishing your objectives and goals. Relish the support that comes from those who care about you.
Another resource for you is our website, Her Mentor Center. Visit often for support, information and direction as you manage your career and cope with the demands of your family-in-flux. In this tough economy, you’ll find our ebook, Taking Control of Stress in a Financial Storm, provides you with practical strategies for success.