Professional women are accustomed to wearing many “hats”, like: coach, maid, referee, doctor, leader, advisor, cheerleader, chauffer, judge and jury, tutor, magician, architect, engineer to name just some. Sure these “hats” change over the years but you still wear a lot of them. It’s no wonder why a recent study by Bright Horizon’s stated that multitasking is a strength that moms bring to the workplace.

There’s not denying it. You work hard and do so much for others. Unfortunately for a lot of us moms when it comes to taking time, spending money and/or energy on ourselves we come up with all sorts of reasons/excuses why now just isn’t the right time. It’s either the kids, work is crazy, busy schedule, no help and so on. Sometimes it’s the “inner-critic” telling you that “You’re selfish” or “You’re a bad mom” or some other useless statement that keeps you from getting your needs and wants met.

Sure, life is busy and there’s an endless stream of to-dos needing to get done but what if, for a few hours every week or month you set some of your “hats” aside and made a commitment to reconnect to you—the you behind the roles and responsibilities?

Yes I know. Taking a “timeout” may seem unrealistic, especially when you have a lot on your plate. But consider this, you work hard every week and then you come home and work another shift for the family. You’ve earned the right to unplug for a little while—be Selfish. If you don’t take care of you, who will?

And the best part is, when you embrace “timeouts” you naturally show up calmer, happier, more creative and playful in your personal and professional life. It’s a win-win for everybody!

So start putting yourself on the calendar, call in your support system, put whatever else you need to in place and go take that timeout.

Here’s how I’ll help: If you’re serious about claiming more time for yourself—doing something that’s rejuvenating, grounding and brings you joy then join me for my monthly Claim Your Shero FREE online Playdate. Go here for more details.

I hope to ‘see’ you there.

~Akanke

Akanke Adefunmi helps professional women shift from stress to success in their work-family-personal life. You are always invited to attend one of her free work-family-self balance webinars or join her monthly Working Moms Virtual Retreat. Follow her on Twitter, @Akanke_Adefunmi, Like her Facebook page, facebook.com/claimyourshero

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