Linda, who got pregnant when she was 17, gives her advice on establishing a schedule and how it helped her get more done as a working parent.
Here’s what Linda says in the video if you can’t watch it:
One thing that has helped me to juggle being a full-time working mum is having some kind of schedule put in place – I can’t emphasise that enough.
I would be a big hypocrite if I said I was the most organised person – I’m really not. There are mornings where I’m frazzled and I don’t know what’s going on and I’m stressed out, and I’m rushing, but ultimately some kind of schedule I have put in place.
And it’s small things like prepping meals the night before even for the week on the Sunday; making sure I know what I’m wearing each day the night before; prepping the baby’s bag. Little things like that, knowing what you’re doing [and] just prioritising your time after work; come home, bath, dinner, homework – just having that kind of routine.
If your baby’s a lot younger then trying to get them into a sleep pattern when they’re really young. It’s difficult I know, but if you’re not getting enough sleep then it’s just going to be disorderly. You’re not going to be able to function properly when you go to work or university, and so trying to nail that sleep pattern from when your child is really young is also quite vital as well.
But it doesn’t have to be a rigid plan or rigid schedule that is written out: it’s just something to go by, just so you know how you’re managing your time and so that you’re able to get things done.