It’s officially been a month since I’ve returned to work after having my second daughter. And, as I’m sure many of my fellow millennial working moms can attest to, it’s no walk in the park.
This time around I went back to work at 3 months postpartum (thank you, self-employment), whereas I had almost an entire year of maternity leave with my firstborn. And that extra time makes such a huge difference.
I do, however, acknowledge that I am in a unique position in that I get to work from home for the most part while my husband (on paternity leave) takes care of the baby. But nonetheless it’s still a difficult adjustment.
Returning to work when your baby is in the middle of the dreaded 4-month sleep regression, and you are also very much married to a regular breastfeeding routine, balancing work and motherhood can seem like a tricky endeavour. I am sleep-deprived, over-caffeinated, and my brain feels stuck in a constant fog. Did I mention the forgetfulness? Yep, baby brain is a real phenomenon and sticks around long after pregnancy!
On top of the personal transitions I am going through I still have a job to do! I still have to show up and get stuff done, regardless if I only slept 5 hours the night prior.
Being back at work earlier this time has meant that I have had to adjust the way I work to increase productivity. In order to prevent overwhelm and fatigue, I have implemented the following 3 changes to boost my daily productivity at work. And although they may seem very simple at first glance, they have in fact eased my transition back to work and helped me “stay the course.” Read More