Women's Own Desk
During the fasting, time management becomes a challenging issue, specially for the working mother. Working during the Ramadan period is a tiresome task, and it is difficult to sometimes focus on the work. Here are some tips that will help you make your work and personal life go smoothly throughout the month:
Be more organised
This month you not only have to remain composed spiritually but also remain organised professionally. Pull out your planner and make a daily routine; more importantly, you need to stick to it. Make appropriate schedules for offering prayers, doing your home chores, attending to your family's needs and looking after your kid's homework or studies.
Learn some cooking hacks
If you are a great cook, your family is definitely a lucky one. But that does not mean you have to spend hours in the kitchen to create scrumptious meals every iftar. Preparing a meal for the family is a tiresome and time-consuming task, which becomes even more challenging when you are fasting while taking care of the job and child at the same time.
Make the use of technology to shop
Online shopping has come as one of the biggest boons for people who have no time to go for shopping physically. You can save a lot of valuable time in the Ramadan month by shopping online and of course, save some money too. Nowadays one can even buy groceries online and you do not have to worry about the quality. Leave the items that can't be shopped through online for weekend shopping.
Learn to delegate your work
During the time of Ramadan, and some other time as well, you should understand it is better for everyone if you hand over the reins and relax a bit. At the workplace, you can hand some of your responsibilities over to someone who can do the work. This can help you to leave a bit early on that day. At home, you can let your husband do some of the task or even let your kids do some small tasks that need no supervision.
You can also delegate your child care responsibilities to some who is trustworthy while you are busy with your prayers or work.
Be true to yourself and know your interests
Sometimes you may fall ill or it may be extremely important for you to travel somewhere. As a working mom, you cannot always blame yourself for these. When you understand that your intentions are true, but you are not able to fast, refrain from doing so. It will harm you more than doing good.
Schedule some time with your family
Iftar is a perfect time to be with your family and share the religious spirit. So schedule your work timing such that you can spend some time with your family. This will help everyone in the family to bond better. Remember, a family that spends time together is a happy family. This will also give enough time to spend with your kids.
Set realistic deadlines
Never set any work deadlines that are unrealistic and you have doubt doing it on time. This will hamper both your work at the office and in your personal life. You will find yourself running after deadlines instead of spending time on prayers and with family. You can talk with your manager and I am sure that anyone will understand that this is a special month, which needs special considerations.
The secret to maintaining both your life - at home and at office - is to stay strong.