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13 Reasons Why Working Moms Are Way More Productive Than You Imagine

13 Reasons Why Working Moms Are Way More Productive Than You Imagine

Believe it or not, if you are a working mom and have two children, you are more productive than your female counterparts who have never had children or maybe have only one child! This was the result of the research division of the Federal Bank of St.Louis who did a major study on this topic.

Let’s face it. Many employers think that once a woman becomes a working mom, she is going to be less dedicated and even less hard working than before she gave birth. They rarely say this in public but it is a stereotype that still remains. But the facts and research are painting an entirely different picture.

If you are still not convinced that working moms are more productive, here are 13 reasons why this is a fact of life. They need our respect, support, and praise more than ever.

1. They excel at multi-tasking

Multi tasking may not always be a good thing when you have to concentrate. It can slow you down and switching from one task to another is not exactly efficient. But it is extremely useful when you want to cut a few corners and especially when you are using different channels. Working moms do that all the time at home and they can adapt it also to when they are at work. They can reflect on feedback while waiting on hold or moving from one office to another. The physical tasks are almost automatic but the mental processes can be highly efficient. They do the same at home as they do laundry and ironing while they plan meals, shopping and outings with their kids.

2. They are really flexible

They have to forego the perfect home and will be flexible about working arrangements in the office if their boss allows it. Look at the infographic here to find out the struggles working moms have when they cannot get flexible working hours. This means they have to jump through more hoops and juggle everything a bit more cleverly.

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3. They manage their time better

In other words working moms do not waste this precious commodity. How could they? They are simply better at time management. An Ernst and Young study found that this was true because women wasted only 11% of their time compared to 14.5% for the rest of the workforce.

“I can now very respectfully get to the point, get information, I ask better questions … I direct conversations more efficiently.” – Melanie Ocana, mom to two children and business owner.

4. They are more empathetic

Being a mother brings out all the empathy and nurturing needed in human relationships and that is so useful at work. Networking, collaborating and team work all demand these qualities and working mothers have them in abundance.

5. They are happier and more fulfilled

Working moms feel more satisfied with their lives as they have greater independence, can follow their interests and passions and have a greater sense of purpose. Their careers and their families can benefit enormously from this, according to the American Psychological Association and they are generally happier than the stay-at-home moms.

6. They welcome the break away from their kids

Yes, it is a super challenge and many working moms thrive on it. There is also another reason in that they can benefit from the change of scene and give their all to their job. “How on earth will you manage to juggle your family and job?” is the classic question at interviews. The best answer of all is: “Believe it or not, I like being away from my kids during the workday… just like you.”

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7. They are more motivated at work

Working moms have a lot on their plate and the motivation they feel to spend some precious time with their kids means they are even more productive.

“Not wanting to work too late or too many weekends, when I am in the office I get it done.”- Tonisha Pinckney, criminologist and mother to two teenagers.

8. They are more efficient at home and at work

Working moms realize fairly quickly that running a household means streamlining routines and schedules at home and not worrying about a perfect household where everything runs like clockwork. However, they will be able to use their work experience to make the household run more smoothly. This will also benefit their work.

“I had to set smart goals at home and make sure that they were religiously met or else my responsibilities with my job suffer … being a parent made me see the importance of setting up a plan, implementing it well with room for spontaneity and flexibility, and then evaluating the outcomes.” – Chris Ruffolo, writer and mom to twins.

9. They are paving the way for equality

Long way to go. But working moms now are showing that they can be more efficient and organised even when they have to juggle mothering and working. Just think what working moms could achieve if there were better facilities for childcare, paid sick leave and more access to flexi time. They would become super efficient and get the equal pay which is their right.

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Once the pressure is off the working moms who are juggling an astonishing number of demands on their time and energy, there will be a much more relaxed attitude at work. Rebecca Traister, author of Big Girls Don’t Cry is leading the way with this video interview. She is basically saying:- “Newborn baby, breastfeeding mom, no big deal—let’s get to work.”

10. They are providing strong female models for their children

This makes parenting so much easier for them because they are providing a model for their children to follow by being dynamic and following their career objectives. They are really raising them to be strong individuals and their children can feel proud that their moms are successful. This makes parenting easier, can alleviate many of the pressures at home and make them even more productive at work. Working moms often make the boundaries clear.

“I work my day around being able to be home with them in the morning and at nights. We don’t have meetings at 6 o’clock; I’m home having dinner with my family. I also have an incredibly supportive husband who as made accommodations for our family because it’s incredibly important to us. We’re an equal partnership that we’ve had to evolve.” – Jessica Herrin, mom to two daughters and founder of Stella & Dot

11. They are less likely to gossip

There is simply no time for office politics or gossip at the water cooler. These sessions are often highly unproductive and create a toxic workplace. Because of simple time constraints and because working moms know better, you will not find them at the water cooler doing that.

12. They never have hangovers

Younger, single staff may actually have more sick leave due to late nights and hangovers. This is why many employers now hire working moms as they are more productive and they never have hangovers!

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13. They make better team players

Employers now want more efficient and better team players and working moms fit the bill perfectly. This is what Microsoft research found when they interviewed 2,000 women and 500 employers about working moms. When they were asked whether the working moms made better team players, 57% said that the mothers were definitely better than single or childless women.

The best news of all is that technology s now helping working moms with their juggling tasks and they are becoming even more productive now in the workplace. More great news is that some forward looking companies are allowing moms to bring their child and carer on business trips until the baby is one year old. Way to go!

Featured photo credit: My mom, at work/ Nick Gray via flickr.com

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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